Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez on Friday assures the security of former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother, former Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, when they were transferred while waiting for the commitment order from the court.
”Holiday kaya sarado ang court, we will return the warrant as the court opens,” Marquez said in press briefing held at PNP Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
The Reyes brothers are the alleged masterminds behind the January 2011 gunslay of Palawan broadcaster and environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega,
The PNP chief said that they have established procedures in escort of the prisoners.
”We have established procedures in escorting the prisoners. Our officers have very wide experience sa mga bagay na ito. Maraming magagaling na opisyal na pwede magsagawa ng paglilipat from Manila to wherever the RTC in Palawan would like to commit these suspects. We can assure everybody the Reyes brothers walang mangyayari yan (Our officers have very wide experience in this area. We have good officials who can handle the transfer from Manila to wherever the RTC in Palawan would like to commit these suspects. We can assure everybody that no untoward incident will happen to the Reyes brothers),” Marquez explained.
For his part, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said that the fugitives will not be accorded any special privileges while in prison.
”Hind mangyayari, patas sa mata ng ating estado kahit constitution equal protection clause. Walang special treatment (That won’t happen. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the State. Even the Constitution has this equal protection clause. There will be no special treatment.),” Sarmiento noted.
“The arrest of brothers Joel and Mario Reyes is the initial victory of the law enforcement pillar of (the) criminal justice system. From here, we shall continue to support the pillars to ensure the successful of prosecution of the case until its logical conclusion. In the end, justice been effectively served,” the DILG chief stressed.
Sarmiento also assures the PNP and the National Police Commission of the DILG’s full support in arresting and accounting the remaining high-profile criminals still-at-large.
Meanwhile, CIDG head Chief Supt. Victor Deona, said the Miranda rights were read to the brothers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as they were arrested for the murder of Ortega.
The Reyes brothers arrived at the NAIA Terminal 2 around 3:08 a.m. Friday aboard Philippine Air Lines Flight PR-733 which left Thailand at 11 p.m. Thursday night.
The brothers were thereafter brought to Camp Crame for booking procedure and presentation to the media.
The Reyes siblings will be brought to Palawan on Friday and the warrant for their arrest will be returned to the Puerto Princesa Regional Trial Court, according to CIDG official.
Deona said the Reyes brothers, who have in hiding for the past three years, were arrested by Thai immigration authorities for overstaying in Phuket.
The two were heavily-escorted and handcuffed. The two were immediately taken to PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City where they arrived at 3:57 a.m.
The two former Palawan officials slipped out of the country last March 18, 2012 aboard a Cebu Pacific flight bound for Vietnam where they entered Thailand. PNA