PNP denies preferential treatment for senators

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 30 2014 02:39 PM | Updated as of Jun 30 2014 10:39 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) denied allegations it has been giving preferential treatment to detained senators over other detainees in its custody.

Human rights lawyer Edre Olalia said the PNP gave preferential treatment to Senator Ramon Revilla when they presented him before the Sandiganbayan last Thursday. The senator appeared before the court without handcuffs and in Barong Tagalog.

Andrea Rosal, by comparison, was in handcuffs and was wearing a detainee’s uniform, he said. Rosal is the daughter of the late New People’s Army spokesman, Roger Rosal.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac explained Revilla is not a flight risk, unlike Rosal.

"Kusa namang sumuko si Senador Revilla at hindi katulad nila (Rosal) na security risk kaya di na kailangan pagsuotin ng detainee's uniform," said Sindac.

Sindac said the PNP is also amenable to suggestions that Janet Lim-Napoles be detained at a facility that is near Sandiganbayan.

He earlier said moving Napoles from her detention in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to Sandiganbayan is costing the PNP P125,000 per trip.

"Convenient din po naman sa PNP yung malapit, basta iuutos po ng Sandiganbayan, susunod din po kami,” said Sindac.