Ex-PCSO official wants to stay in Crame

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2012 06:09 PM | Updated as of Oct 06 2012 02:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines - One of former President Gloria Arroyo's co-accused in the plunder case involving Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds has filed a motion asking for continued detention at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

In his motion signed by Atty. Paul Lentejas, ex-PCSO Assistant General Manager Benigno Aguas argued that he was not an "ordinary criminal" because of his former position at the PCSO.

He said that for "humanitarian considerations," he said he "deserves treatment unlike those for ordinary detained criminals."

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has submitted their compliance to the arrest warrant released by the Sandiganbayan First Division against former President Arroyo and 9 others.

SPO2 Helen Dela Cruz brought the documents to the dockets section of the court past 2 p.m. on Friday.

The compliance details how the arrest warrant was served to seven of the 10 respondents.

Currently in custody of the police are Arroyo, Aguas, and Sergio Valencia. Arroyo's warrant was served at the Vetetans Memorial Medical Center where she is currently confined, while Aguas and Valencia surrendered to the PNP CIDG-NCR in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Based on the document, Fatima Valdez is allegedly out of the country, while Reynaldo Villar, Manuel Morato, and Jose Taruc were not in their homes when their arrest warrants were served.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) earlier confirmed that Taruc is also out of the country, with his current location and return date unknown.

Continuous manhunt operations are being conducted to effect the arrest of the remaining at-large accused.