Prosecutors nix Sombero, ex-BI men's plea to be detained in Crame

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 13 2018 12:55 PM | Updated as of Apr 13 2018 02:36 PM

MANILA- The Office of the Special Prosecutor opposed the request of former Bureau of Immigration officials Al Argosino and Michael Robles, and retired policeman Wally Sombero to be detained in Camp Crame, where they feel much safer.

The three are currently detained at a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

They are accused of the non-bailable offense of plunder arising from the supposed P50 million bribe attempt at businessman Jack Lam for the release of illegal Chinese workers back in 2016.

Argosino and Robles cited security threats against them as they are fraternity brothers of President Rodrigo Duterte and detaining them with illegal drug offenders in Camp Bagong Diwa would put their lives in danger.

Sombero also said there are threats to his life in Camp Bagong Diwa as he is a former policeman.

In their written opposition, the prosecution told the Sandiganbayan 6th Division that the reasons cited by the accused to be detained at the custodial center in Camp Crame were unfounded.

“The security reason advanced by accused-movants to justify their transfer to PNP Custodial Center appears to be speculative for want of evidence showing the existence of actual threat that will imperil their safety,” the prosecution said.

The prosecution also said the medical conditions cited by Argosino and Sombero do not justify their detention in Camp Crame.

“Unless and until accused-movants can show factual and legal basis for their arguments, no special accommodation and safety protocols should be accorded to them, nor should they be treated differently from all other detained persons facing criminal charges in court,” the prosecution said.

The PNP, which has jurisdiction over the custodial center in Camp Crame, has yet to submit their comment on the matter.