MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it is not implementing new or stricter rules for members of the media covering in Camp Crame.
PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac made the clarification after mediamen were prevented from entering the camp's premises shortly after Senator Jinggoy Estrada was moved to attend proceedings at the Sandiganbayan this morning.
The ABS-CBN News team was stopped by a police personnel at Camp Crame's Gate 2 (Santolan gate) and instructed not to proceed since orders were supposedly given by their superiors not to allow media inside.
"Bawal na po ang media," the police personnel told the driver of ABS-CBN News, as he gestured to do a U-turn and exit at the gate.
According to Sindac, the policeman only misinterpreted the PNP's order related to the facility of news vans inside the camp and not to mediamen.
"Napagsabihan na po yung pulis at itinuwid na po yung pagkakamali," said Sindac.
Sindac appealed to the public not to blame the whole organization for the mistake of one policeman.
Meanwhile, the PNP clarified that the reported transfer of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's former chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes, to the Custodial Center together with Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. is mere speculation.
Sindac said the separation of male and female detainees is basic in detention procedures.
Hypothetical at this point, but Sindac assured the public that if the Sandiganbayan will move Reyes to the PNP Custodial Center, she will be placed in a female dormitory.