Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada will remain at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City after the Sandiganbayan denied his transfer to a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) jail.
Estrada is facing a P183-million plunder complaint at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan in connection with the pork barrel scam.
“[T]he BJMP in view of their undermanned situation and having limited resources, cannot guarantee the safety and security of high-profile, high-risk inmates in this case and other cases pending in other courts,” the court ruled.
The resolution was approved by Fifth Division Chairperson Roland Jurado, Alexander Gesmundo and Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.
Considering the testimony of Senior Supt. Romeo Salazar Vio, director of the BJMP-National Capital Region (Metro Manila), the court said it cannot compromise the safety of Estrada.
Vio had testified that there is a 75 percent probability that a riot will occur because of overcrowding.
Estrada’s lawyer, Jose Flaminiano, said the senator is happy with the court’s decision.
Flaminiano added that members of Congress deserve some degree of “consideration.”