Palace: We are trying to give all detainees equal treatment

Posted at 07/13/2014 12:04 PM | Updated as of 07/13/2014 12:04 PM

MANILA - The government is trying its best to give all detainees and prisoners equal treatment, Malacanang said.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said it is not the administration’s practice to give high-profile detainees the special treatment.

“Sumusunod ang pamahalaan sa mga utos ng hukuman hinggil sa kung saan idedetine ang mga sangkot sa mga kasong nililitis. Patuloy na sinisikap ng pamahalaan na magbigay ng patas na pagtrato sa lahat ng detainees,” Coloma said.

Many prisoners are complaining that those allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam are receiving special attention from the government.

One such case was that of lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, who was immediately transferred by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to the Philippine Heart Center after complaining of chest pains.

Protesters who picketed outside the hospital drew comparisons to the case of activist Andrea Rosal, who lost her baby after allegedly receiving poor treatment from the BJMP.

“Hintayin po natin ang magiging paliwanag ng BJMP. Meron na po tayong natunghayan na paliwanag sa media pero dapat pong sumunod sila sa utos ng hukuman na ipagpaliwanag ‘yung naging kaganapan sa naturang insidente na ‘yan,” Coloma said.

He also insisted that the government is trying its best to address the budget problems of jails across the country.

“Nakapaloob na rin po diyan ‘yung pagsisikap na mapahusay… at makatuwiran ‘yung pagtrato sa kanila dahil po ‘yan ay subject din po sa mga limitasyon ng budget,” he added.