Political prisoners fasting until SONA

Posted at 07/27/14 11:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Political prisoners are on a four-day fast until Monday's State of the Nation Address.

Human rights group Karapatan said they are protesting the alleged special treatment for the accused in the pork barrel scam.

Inmates at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame and the New Bilibid Prison, among others, are taking part in the hunger strike, which began last Friday.

Their move came as the Sandiganbayan ordered the transfer of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles from Fort Santo Domingo in Laguna to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's former chief of staff, Gigi Reyes, is also at Camp Bagong Diwa.

Enrile remains detained at the PNP General Hospital, while his colleagues Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla are at the PNP Custodial Center. -- Report from ANC.