PNP Custodial Center or Hospital for Imelda
The Philippine National Police said yesterday that former First Lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda R. Marcos would be brought to the PNP Custodial Center or the PNP General Hospital – both in Camp Crame, Quezon City – once she is arrested following her conviction for graft by the Sandiganbayan Friday.
However, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said they have not received any copy of the warrant of arrest against Imelda, preventing them from taking her under their custody for now.
Durana said PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has assured that Imelda would be arrested once they receive the arrest warrant.
"The Sandiganbayan said they have yet to issue the arrest warrant by Monday. Be rest assured that we will never be too busy from doing our mandate," said Durana as he refuted criticisms in social media about the alleged double standard in the treatment of Imelda and Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV.
Netizens noted that policemen were posted at the Senate where Trillanes was holed up even without an arrest warrant. They claimed the same eagerness is absent in the case of the wife of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Albayalde said that they would bring Imelda to where the Sandiganbayan wants her to be taken for custody.
But in case the Sandiganbayan orders the PNP to take Imelda under their custody, Albayalde said she would be taken to the Custodial Center where Sen. Leila de Lima and former Sen. Ramon “Bong” B. Revilla Jr. are detained or to one of the rooms at the PNP General Hospital which was the option given to former Sen. now senatorial candidate Juan Ponce Enrile when he was arrested for plunder in connection with the “pork barrel” fund scam.
The hospital option was given to Enrile due to humanitarian consideration over his old age.
Imelda, who was not present during the promulgation of judgment of her seven graft cases, is 89-years-old. The Sandiganbayan sentenced her up to 11 years behind bars for each case for a total of 77 years.
"So we are ready if there is an order by the court to bring her to Camp Crame," said Albayalde.