PNP Cus­to­dial Cen­ter or Hos­pi­tal for Imelda

Tempo - - News - By AARON B. RE­CUENCO

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.

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