Trillanes to visit jailed senators

Posted at 06/24/2014 4:52 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV plans to visit his colleagues in jail even if they do not share the same political leanings.

Trillanes said he may visit when session resumes in July or when public attention to their arrest subsides.

"Bibisita tayo 'pag medyo humupa na itong attention ngayon, most probably 'pag bukas na ulit ng ating session," he said.

"Magkakasama naman tayo. To be fair kay Senator Jinggoy [Estrada], noong ako po nakulong binisita po niya ako. Ganoon naman 'yan e. We're still part of this collegial body dito sa Senado. Kailangan bisitahin namin, lahat kaming senador in our own time bisitahin ang aming mga colleagues."

Trillanes said he would visit Senator Juan Ponce Enrile too if the Senate minority leader is arrested even if they have previously clashed.

He disagrees with observations that the arrested senators are being given the "VIP" treatment, saying that this is how ordinary detainees should be treated.

He said that it is time to "level up" the condition of ordinary jails.

"'Yung tratong ginagawa ngayon kina Senator Bong Revilla at Senator Jinggoy ito 'yung ordinaryong treatment sa ibang bansa sa kanilang mga detainees. So ang dapat natin gawin i-level up natin ang pagtrato natin sa mga ordinaryong detainees, ayusin natin ang mga municipal jails, provincial jails at other detention facilities para naman gumanda-ganda ang sitwasyon ng mga detainees dito sa mga jails na ito," he said.

"Ang nangyayari kasi gusto nating hilahin pababa itong mga senador, 'yung pagtrato sa kanila doon sa isang level na hindi naman dapat dahil very, very degrading at hindi humane ang treatment na nangyayari ngayon sa ordinary detainees."

He does not see any problem in giving certain comforts to the arrested senators without compromising the objective of detaining an accused.

"Even sa Muntinlupa mayroon namang TV. Hindi na 'yan big deal kasi ang objective ng isang detention facility is para ma-ensure na 'yung accused ay makakaharap sa korte. Tapos remember ang mga detainees, may presumption of innocence. So bakit natin sila ide-deprive kung anu-anong pwede pa nating maibigay without compromising 'yung intentions ng isang detention faciity," Trillanes said.