MANILA - The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Interior and Local Government secretary are open to the request of Senator Jinggoy Estrada for him to be allowed to voluntarily surrender to police if an arrest warrant against him is issued.
PNP Director-General Alan Purisima on Tuesday said, "We welcome that gesture. Kung hindi pa kami nakakapunta sa bahay niya ay nandito na siya, aarestuhin pa ba namin siya?"
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, meanwhile, said arrests can come in many forms.
"Hindi namin nais ma-shock o hiyain ang mga pamilya. Pero hindi pwedeng iwasan ng PNP na gawin ang kanilang trabaho," he said.
Purisima explained, however, that even if Estrada voluntarily surrenders, he will still have to undergo booking proceedings before he is taken into custody.
This process includes the taking of fingerprints and mugshots.
Estrada told ANC that he has taken steps to ensure an orderly surrender to authorities.
"I have already spoken with a ranking policeman, a general in Camp Crame," he said.
"Ang sabi ko, 'you don't need to arrest me, you don't need to go to my house kasi baka ma-trauma iyung mga anak ko eh, especially iyung maliit na anak ko. Just tell me where to go and I am willing to go there," he added.