Mar: Bong, Jinggoy can't join other inmates

Posted at 06/24/14 8:34 PM

BACOLOD CITY - Detained Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla can't be jailed with common inmates because of security reasons, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Tuesday.

Roxas, who is in Bacolod City for talks with local officials, defended the Philippine National Police's (PNP) decision to detain the two lawmakers in its custodial center at Camp Crame.

He said the PNP is just doing what needs to be done regarding Estrada and Revilla.

Roxas said if some claim that the two senators are too comfortable in detention, both are complaining of sleeping with pests.

Estrada and Revilla are facing graft and plunder charges in connection with the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

Anti-pork activists have urged authorities to detain the two lawmakers in ordinary jail cells.

John Silva, executive director of the Ortigas Foundation Library, said in an open letter to President Aquino that Revilla has a cell that is 10 times bigger than the one given to Aquino's father, the late Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., when he was jailed by President Marcos.

Silva said giving the senators privileges defeats the purpose of detaining them in the first place.

He alleged that the "pork barrel scam" senators are "just camping." - with a report from Yasmin Dormido, ABS-CBN News Negros