THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has allowed three detained senators to hold a party in their cell inside Camp Crame in Quezon City during the holidays, radio reports said on Wednesday.
Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. are detained at the PNP Custodial Center. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is under hospital arrest at the PNP General Hospital also in Camp Crame, the PNP’s main headquarters .
The three senators have been held at the police camp since they yielded to authorities last June and July. The Sandiganbayan ordered their arrest on plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, said in the radio reports that visitors of Estrada and Revilla were allowed to bring food items such as lechon (roasted pig) during their visits.
But, according to the PNP spokesman, only immediate families of the senators will be allowed to visit them during the holidays.
Regular visiting hours at the custodial center is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Last July, the PNP came under fire for allowing a party hosted by Estrada and Revilla that reportedly lasted way past visiting hours.
The party supposedly marked the 25th wedding anniversary of Estrada and his wife Precy.
The radio reports said Enrile was allowed to watch the movie Hari ng Tondo at the hospital’s specialized ward on Christmas Day.
Estrada had requested the Sandiganbayan for a furlough to spend Christmas at his father’s place and New Year’s at his residence, but the court turned him down.
The court ruled that allowing him to leave his detention cell “will set a bad precedent” and “will likewise be regarded as a mockery of the administration of justice.”
Revilla did not ask for a similar furlough, fearing a backlash on social media.
Last September, when his wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, was asked by reporters what her birthday wish was for her husband, she replied she wanted his bail petition granted.
She said what was important was for their family to be with the senator, hopefully before Christmas.
The court’s First Division ruled against the bail plea in early December.
Revilla on Monday said he will have a “cold Christmas.”