THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it was planning to request a supplemental budget for securing personalities involved in the pork barrel scam, saying the job has become more costly for the organization.
At present three senators—Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.—and Janet Lim-Napoles, who are all accused of plunder in connection with the scam, are under the custody of the PNP.
PNP chief information officer, Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, said they are spending P150, 000 a month to secure Napoles, who is held at Fort Santo Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
The police official told reporters in a news briefing in Camp Crame that the amount spent for securing Napoles covers her trips to the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City for her court hearings.
Sindac said they have brought down the number of policemen to 50 to 70 from the usual 120 forming the convoy that escorts Napoles during the trips to the Sandiganbayan.
He added that the PNP is also shouldering the expenses for the three senators and other personalities who are also detained in Camp Crame in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Sindac said Revilla, Estrada and Enrile are costing them around P40,000.