PNP doesn't want custody of Sombero, ex-BI men

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 13 2018 05:25 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has opposed the request of former immigration officials Al Argosino and Michael Robles, and retired policeman Wally Sombero that they be detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame. 

Chief Insp. Romulo Flores II, head of the Custodial Service Unit, said no proof was submitted by the accused to justify their request to be detained in Camp Crame.

The accused also have not submitted any proof on the supposed security threats against them at a facility of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City where they are currently detained.

“It is unfortunate that the accused would try to sway this Honorable Court to accept the same as a fact as it amounts to a blatant disregard of the Rules, as well as to undermine the presumed competence and regularity in the performance of public function of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology,” Flores said in their written comment filed before the Sandiganbayan 6th Division,

The PNP also reiterated that the BJMP is mandated by law to detain individuals awaiting trial, and not the PNP.

Detaining the three inside a facility supervised by policemen is unjustified use of taxpayer’s money, the PNP added.

“Thus for reasons of practicality, frugality in using public funds and ensuring the safety and security of both accused and government personnel, accused Arogosino Robles and Sombero should be detained to an appropriate detention facility under the authority and supervision of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology," Flores said.

The PNP also manifested that it is currently decongesting its custodial center. It said several courts are already cooperating by heeding their pleas to transfer “Persons Under Custody” to BJMP facilities.

“Perhaps, it is respectfully submitted, that such action from the Courts is more of a synergistic approach in the administration of justice,” Flores said.

The PNP also gave the court a list 18 persons under custody, all of them transferred to various BJMP facilities nationwide.

The list, however, does not include former Senator Bong Revilla and Sen. Leila de Lima who are still detained at the PNP Custodial Center.