SENATORS Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. believe that the Sandiganbayan will soon order their arrest since the anti-graft court had issued hold departure orders barring them from leaving the country.
Although both senators expressed readiness to be detained, Estrada on Tuesday noted that he would prefer to be placed under house arrest.
But he said it will be the Sandiganbayan that will decide where he and his co-accused will be detained.
“Kung doon kami ilalagay sa Camp Crame, walang problema. Kung sasabihin ng Sandiganbayan na sa regular jail kami kasama ng mga ordinaryong kriminal o nagkasala, wala tayong magagawa [If we are brought to Camp Crame, no problem.
If the Sandiganbayan puts us in a regular jail along with ordinary criminals, we cannot do anything about it],” Estrada told GMA News.
Camp Crame is the headquarters of the Philippine National Police.
“Kahit saan, wala naman tayong karapatan na magdikta kung saan ko gustong makulong. Eh siyempre kung ako masusunod, dito na lang sa bahay, house arrest.
Pero imposible yatang mangyari iyon [We can’t dictate on the court on where we should be detained. But if I had my way, I would prefer house arrest]” Estrada said.he has not intention to ask for a hospital arrest.
Revilla, on the other hand, said the court can detain him in any facility.
He added that he is ready to be arrested and, like Enrile, has packed a bag that he will bring with him once the court issues a warrant for his arrest.
“I already packed my things and I always carry [them]wherever I go, so that when the court issued the warrant of arrest, I can proceed immediately to my assigned facility,” Revilla told reporters.
He expressed strong belief that the Sandiganbayan will be fair in handling their case.