Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla will be allowed to have an electric fan in his detention quarters at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame.
The fan will help ease Revilla’s migraine brought about by the severe heat inside his cell, his wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, said on Saturday.
Revilla spent his first night Friday at the PNP custodial center where he is detained while waiting arraignment for plunder and graft in connection with the pork barrel scam.
After surrendering to the Sandiganbayan on Friday he was brought to Crame where he was booked, fingerprinted and photographed before being led to his cell.
The Sandiganbayan had found probable cause to indict the senator for plunder Thursday and ordered the police to arrest him.
Two other senators, Juan Ponce Enrile and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, are expected to be served arrest warrants by the Sandiganbayan next week.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, said he sees nothing wrong with bringing in a fan for Revilla..
Sindac said the senator has also requested for a cooler, television set, and other amenities, but the requests have to be approved by the Sandiganbayan, and not the PNP.
Asked if a pastor or a spiritual leader could visit Revilla, Sindac said there is no need because there is a regular Mass for high-profile detainees inside the detention compound.
Revilla had the typical detainee’s meal of porridge with egg for breakfast. paksiw na isda for lunch and ginisang sayote for dinner.
He was given an hour for sunning time.
The senator’s family, lawyers and spiritual advisers can see him during visiting hours, Sindac said.
Mercado thanked the PNP for letting her and her family stay with Revilla until 6 p.m. during his first day of detention. Detainees are only allowed visitors on Thursdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.