PNP custodial center warden sacked

By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2014 11:45 AM | Updated as of Jul 04 2014 06:50 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - The warden of the Philippine National Police (PNP) custodial center has been relieved from his post and now faces administrative charges for supposedly allowing detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada to hold a party from Saturday until the wee hours of Sunday inside the facility.

The PNP Headquarters Support Service found probable cause to charge Superintendent Mario Malana with neglect of duty on two grounds - for failure to implement the facility's rules and regulations, and failure to inform higher headquarters of what happened on Saturday, when Estrada celebrated his wedding anniversary with his relatives and friends inside the custodial center.

Malana is now on floating status pending a hearing of his case.

If proven guilty of the charge, Malana faces a suspension of a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 59 days.

Replacing Malana is Superintendent Peter Limbauan.

On Wednesday, 55 detainees of the custodial center signed a manifesto in defense of Malana, saying the latter had been running the custodial center well before the said celebration.

The detainees demanded that senators Estrada and Ramon ''Bong'' Revilla Jr., who are detained on plunder and graft charges in connection to the pork barrel scam, be transferred to another detention facility.

A second letter sent to the media by detainees Wilma and Benito Tiamzon, alleged top leaders of the New People's Army, said the celebration was approved by PNP higher-ups.

According to the legal service of human rights group Karapatan, the detainees have now been padlocked, with security tightened.