DOJ, DILG to discuss detention of 2 Russian drug suspects

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2017 06:05 PM | Updated as of Nov 17 2017 06:32 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) will coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to finalize the detention place for the 2 Russian drug suspects arrested last year at the country's main airport.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday said he intends to finalize the matter this weekend.

This after President Rodrigo Duterte raised the matter in a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev late Monday on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

“Ang pangako lang ni Presidente is they will be given a fair trial. Walang special treatment diyan especially when it comes sa case,” Aguirre said.

Earlier this week, the Commission on Human Rights had cautioned Malacañang against giving "special treatment" to Russian suspects Yuri Kirdyushkin and Anastasia Novopashina.

“Hindi natin matatawag [na] special treatment 'yun. Siguro ang masasabi lang natin, 'yung detention cells nila, detention place, 'yung hindi naman overcrowded kasi diyan sa ating mga city jail, may kaniya -kaniyang toka sila kailan sila matutulog," Aguirre said.

Kirdyushkin was arrested on Oct. 5 last year while allegedly in possession of 10 kilos of cocaine. Novopashina, meanwhile, was arrested for alleged possession of close to 13 kilos of cocaine in November 2016.

Aguirre also took a swipe at detained Sen. Leila De Lima, saying if anyone is receiving special treatment, it would be the embattled senator.

“Kung may special treatment diyan, 'yung katulad ni De Lima. Tingnan niyo 'yung kaniyang partner nasa Muntinlupa City Jail samantala siya nasa custodial (Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame),” Aguirre said, referring to De Lima’s co-accused in her drug case, former driver-lover Ronnie Dayan.

De Lima has been detained since February for drug charges over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her time as Justice Secretary. She has decried the allegations as political persecution.