MANILA - Malacanang is staying out of the calls of Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. for a house arrest once warrants for their detention are issued by the Sandiganbayan.
Estrada, Revilla, and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile are all facing the non-bailable plunder case in connection with the alleged siphoning of pork barrel funds into bogus non-government organizations ran by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said, “Nasa pagpapasya na po ‘yan ng hukuman at umaasa po tayo na gagawin ng Sandiganbayan ang kanilang tungkulin nang naaayon sa batas. Iginagalang po natin ‘yung pagiging independiyente ng ating hudikatura.”
The Philippine National Police has readied a custodial center at Camp Crame, but denied this is specifically for the 3 senators.
The 3 senators are expected to be the next-high profile arrests under the Aquino administration after it detained former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo for a plunder charge on the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.
Arroyo is detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center since she is suffering from complications from a cervical spine surgery in 2011.