Ombudsman: Transfer Revilla, Napoles to Camp Bagong Diwa

Posted at 07/14/14 3:50 PM

MANILA - Government prosecutors want Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., his former staff Richard Cambe, and businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa or to any regular Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility.

In their motion submitted to the anti-graft court's First Division this afternoon, the prosecution said the continued detention of the accused at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame and Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna is without legal basis.

They are also being accorded special treatment, the prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman said.

For one, they said that the PNP Custodial Center, where Revilla and Cambe are currently being detained, is not a detention facility as it was originally built as the barracks for the officials of the Custodial Service Unit of the PNP.

The same could be said for Fort Sto Domingo where Napoles is detained. They said it is clearly not a detention facility and is also situated far from the Sandiganbayan.

The lawyers said a jail should be managed and supervised by the BJMP.

They added that the continued detention of the accused in these facilities affords them special treatment, which creates a negative image of the country's justice system and casts doubts on the government's capacity to afford equal protection of the law to all citizens.

Therefore, it is only right that the accused should be detained in a BJMP facility just like other detainees, and they should not be granted special treatment of privileges, they said.

They said the jail in Camp Bagong Diwa could house all the accused.

The anti-graft court has yet to tackle this petition from the prosecutors.

Meanwhile, the pre-trial conference for the plunder and graft cases of the accused continues this afternoon.