THE Philippine National Police on Tuesday said it has granted a request for extending visiting hours for the New Year for detainees at the PNP Custodial Center.
According to Chief Supt. Alberto Supapo, Director of the Headquarters Support Service, he approved the extended visiting hours upon the request of lawyer-detainee Richard Cambe on behalf of the detainees confined at the PNP Custodial Center.
The detainees can now spend New Year’s Eve with their families from 5 p.m. on December 31, 2014 until 1 a.m. on January 1, 2015.
Supapo acted favorably on Cambe’s request for “humanitarian reasons and in observance of Yuletide.”
The detainees, thru their respective building representatives, formally requested the chief of the Custodial Service Unit, Chief Ins. Stephen Daang, on December 24, 2014 for extension of the regular visiting hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
The holiday rush got in the way of granting the request for extended visiting hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Regular visiting hours at the PNP Custodial Center are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays thru Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Cambe is detained at the PNP Custodial Center along with Senators Jose ‘Jinggoy’ Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. for plunder and graft charges they are facing over the pork barrel scam before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.
Another accused of the same charges over the same scam, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, is under hospital arrest at the PNP General Hospital also located inside Camp Crame, the PNP’s main headquarters, in Quezon City.
The plunder and graft charges stemmed from the P10-billion scam that was alleged to have been masterminded by businesswoman Janet Napoles-Lim, who is detained at Bicutan Jail in Taguig City (Metro Manila).