NBP: No special treatment for Garcia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 16 2011 03:39 PM | Updated as of Sep 17 2011 02:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines – New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) officials said it will not give VIP treatment to former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, who arrived at the facility Friday afternoon after he was sentenced for 2 years by a military court for violating the Articles of War.

New Bilibid Prison (NBP) officer-in-charge Supt. Richard Schwarzkopf said Garcia will be treated just like any other prisoner in the facility.

“Definitely walang VIP treatment dito. Katulad sa kautusan satin ni [NBP] Director [Gaudencio] Pangilinan, equally treated lahat ng inmate. Hindi pwede yung VIP treatment, yun ang mahigpit na bilin niya sa amin,” said Schwarzkopf.

Schwarzkopf said upon arrival, Garcia will be brought to the NBP Hospital for a medical examination. He will be observed for a maximum of 5 days.

After undergoing examination, Garcia will be turned over to NBP Reception and Diagnostic Center, where he will stay for 60 days.

NBP officials will then determine which compound Garcia will be placed.

Schwarzkopf added Garcia will not have his own room and will be detained with other inmates.

“Definitely, halu-halo po sila diyan, marami po silang makakasamang mga inmate,” he said.

Schwarzkopf also said the cell where Garcia will be placed will not be shown to the media. – Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM