Political prisoners fast ahead of PNoy's SONA


Posted at Jul 26 2014 03:26 PM | Updated as of Jul 26 2014 11:26 PM

MANILA - Political prisoners begin a four-day fast ahead of President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Human rights group Karapatan said the fast is meant to express their dismay over the special treatment government is giving to the accused in the pork barrel scam.

Inmates from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, the female dormitory in Taguig City jail, the special intensive care area in Camp Bagong Diwa, and the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) are taking part in the hunger-protest.

The move comes a day after the Sandiganbayan ordered the transfer of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's former chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes, is detained at the BJMP's female dormitory while the senator is in hospital custody at the PNP General Hospital.

Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., meanwhile, are staying at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame. - ANC