Lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes will be detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City (Metro Manila), not at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City as she wished.
The Sandiganbayan on Wednesday denied Reyes’ appeal to be transferred to Camp Crame, the PNP headquarters, and ordered her committed to the Taguig facility, where some Muslim rebels and suspects in the Maguindanao massacre are also being held.
The anti-graft court’s Third Division, meanwhile, deferred issuing a decision on the motion of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile for hospital arrest pending evaluation of his medical condition.
Reyes and Enrile are co-accused in the plunder case stemming from the pork barrel scam. Reyes was Enrile’s former chief of staff.
Two other senators—Jose ‘Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong’ Revilla Jr.— are being detained at the PNP Custodial Center also for plunder.
Reyes, who has been staying at the Sandiganbayan’s detention facility since her surrender last week, was to be transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa last night.
Third Division Clerk of Court Dennis Pulma said the court directed Philippine General Hospital (PGH) administrator Dr. Jose Gonzales to check the condition of the 90-year-old Enrile to determine if there is need for him to be further confined at the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame.
The court ordered Gonzales to a submit a report on July 14.
”The court does not possess the necessary competence to pass upon the alleged medical condition of Sen. Enrile. Pending receipt of the said report [from the PGH], the court will hold in abeyance action on accused Enrile’s motion for detention in the PNP General Hospital,” Pulma said, quoting the resolution.
The anti-graft court rejected Reyes’ motion to be detained at the custodial center for lack of merit. It cited Republic Act 6975, which states that an accused pending trial should be jailed in a facility under the supervision of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
The bureau runs the Camp Bagong Diwa facility.
The court said the PNP Custodial Center “is not under the jurisdiction of the BJMP.
Notably, accused Reyes has not sufficiently shown any compelling reason why she should not be detained in a regular jail.”