• Bong, Jinggoy set surrender arrangements

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    Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada have met separately with the head of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) to work out the arrangements for their surrender once the Sandiganbayan orders their arrest.

    Revilla said he talked to CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong two months ago and asked not to be subjected to ridicule when they serve the warrant because he has no intention to resist arrest.

    “They [CIDG] also do not want the serving of the arrest order to go ugly, so let’s see how they will execute the order,” he told reporters in a phone patch interview.

    Revilla said he wants to see his father, former senator Ramon Revilla Sr., before he is brought to jail.

    In a separate interview, Estrada confirmed talking to Magalong last month to ask if the warrant could be served outside his residence.

    “Being arrested at home will be too traumatic for my children,” he said.

    Estrada, Revilla and Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile are facing plunder and graft charges at the Sandiganbayan.

    The anti-graft court has issued hold-departure orders (HDOs) against the three and other respondents in the cases, including Janet Lim-Napoles, who is believed to be the mastermind of the pork barrel scam.

    The three senators are likely to be detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City. Last Monday, the PNP spokesman showed media representatives the detention quarters being readied for the lawmakers.

    Also on Wednesday, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Virgilio Mendez said there will be no special treatment for the three senators.

    Mendez added that the senators and the other 54 accused “might even end up among the ordinary inmates.”

    The 90-year-old Enrile has requested to be given special consideration due to his age and fragile physical condition.

    On Tuesday, the Sandiganbayan issued the HDOs against Enrile, Revilla, Napoles and their co-accused. A similar order was issued against Estrada last Monday.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., meanwhile, said it is up to the Sandiganbayan to decide to place the three senators under house arrest.

    “We respect the independence of the judiciary,” Coloma told reporters.

    Estrada has said he prefers house arrest, but will accept it if he is placed in a jail cell in Camp Crame, the PNP’s headquarters.

    “If we will be placed at Camp Crame, no problem. If the Sandiganbayan says we should be detained at a regular jail with ordinary criminals, we can’t do anything,” he added.

    Revilla said he is ready to be arrested. “My bags are ready, it’s in my car. Wherever they will arrest me, I’m ready.”

    He added, “If they want, they can put me in a dungeon. No problem with me.”

    With Catherine S. Valente

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    11 Comments

    1. Hindi lahat ng supporters ni revilla ay netizens, karamihan ay hindi gumagamit ng internet.

    2. Kung tatakbo si revilla bilang presidente at makakalaban nya si roxas, mas malaki pa din ang chansa ni revilla.

    3. Revilla has a lot of supporters who doesnt use internet, hindi netizens ang manghuhusga sa kanya.

    4. naniniwala ako na pakana nG ADministrasyon ang nangyari kay Revilla.D ba nga noong nakaraang eleksyon hinarass yung pamilya nila sa Cavite? Ngayon na naghahanda na sila sa 2016 inuulit na naman nila.Sa pagkakataong ito tinuluyan na nila.

    5. Sana lang maging patas ang hustisya sa lahat.Yung walang kinikilingan dahil nalilito na ang publiko.Yung mga kaalyado ni Pnoy sana makasuhan din.

    6. Senator Bong At least is willing to face the charges against him,hindi siya tumakas palabas ng bansa katulad ni Lacson…

    7. they are not arrested yet and here they are already asking for preferential treatment. sexy and pogi feel so entitled that they want to be arrested on their own terms. hoping against hope that these crooks including tanda would get what they truly deserve. these unholy trinity of the pdaf scam have mastered the art of lying as they unabashedly continue to deny their involvement even though the evidence to the contrary are very strong. it goes without saying that thieves are good liars. the pork barrel queen herself should languish with them too in an ordinary jail for years to come. this would be the ideal scenario but we all know that in our country it takes a miracle for this to happen. i just exercised some wishful thinking to alleviate my own depression as i reflected about the institutionalized looting in our beloved country.

    8. Who do these senators think they are. They think they are so important & you people go along with it.Estrada says being arrested at home will be traumatic for his children, well whoopie doo, who cares if they are traumatised. You should have thought of ll this before you ccommitted plunder against the philipines & the filipinos. If i were in charge of the law i would arrest these scum where ever they are when the warrant of arrest is issued. Be it in the senate or their home or where ever. In the uk the police will call at your house early in the morning whilst you are still asleep to arrest you, they wake you up with banging on the door. They most certainly dont say oh its ok you come & surrender to us when your ready, no they will arrest you when they are ready. These senators have been given to much power in this country that they think they can do what they want. Then estrada says he wants to talk to his father before he is arrested, well thats ok talk to him now as you know you will soon be arrested. Why do the police have to wait for you to talk to your father. & why arnt more of you filipinos complaining of this special treatment you give to these scum. Im sorry i struggle to show respect after what they have done. I also know people are innocent until proven guilty, ell its already proven that their money didnt go to where it should have gone to so thats guilt as it has to be their responsibility to make sure their money goes where intended, if its not their responsibility then it was made that way by these politicians when they made all these allowances & they must have had stealing much of it in mind at that time. They need to stop thinking we are all fools & that we will believe everything that comes out of their mouths. How do you know when a filipino politician is lying, his lips are moving. Dont let these scum laugh at the filipino people anymore, show them what they are & treat them as such. & to start with i would take the honourable out of the words used for senators as they arnt. They have forfitted that right long ago.

    9. The three psychopath stooges use words like, “ridicule, traumatic, prefer, special consideration” about their impending arrest. Well, you all didn’t flinch an inch when you RIDICULED your “honorable” positions, the people and country, TRAUMATIZED your countrymen with your PREFERRED lifestyles while constantly expecting SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS!! You all deserve nothing but RIDICULE and TRAUMA, that is what our countrymen PREFER and we will not tolerate any SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS. You are all CRIMINALS!!!