• San Juan police passes buck to BJMP over Dimaporo security

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    THE San Juan Police Station wants to free itself of any responsibility
    in securing the custody of an incarcerated lawmaker and is now passing
    the buck to the jail officers.

    In a three-page motion to the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, the police
    station ordered to take custody of incarcerated lawmaker Abdullah
    Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte province wanted to abdicate its duty.

    Through police senior superintendent Joselito Daniel, the police
    station asked the anti-graft court to relieve itself of duty “and
    instead be merely tasked to secure the perimeter” of Cardinal Santos
    Medical Center.

    At present, Dimaporo is under hospital arrest at the posh hospital in
    San Juan City over the P728-million fertilizer fund scam after his
    doctor attested that he had been suffering from “progressive chest
    pain” with early assessment of mycordial infarction.

    In May 2013, the Ombudsman charged Dimaporo as the fifth lawmaker
    linked to the controversy when he and five others allegedly diverted
    P5 million to Lanao Foundation Inc. and made it appear that
    fertilizers were distributed to farmers.

    In an attached order dated August 5, 2013, the Sandiganbayan ordered
    the Philippine National Police (PNP) through the San Juan police to
    take custody of Dimaporo since Cardinal Santos falls in its
    jurisdiction.

    However, almost six months after, the San Juan police wanted this time
    for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to take its
    stead.

    Law enforcers stressed that it is BJMP’s mandate to take custody of
    accused persons on trial.

    “BJMP is mandated by our laws to take custody of accysed persons
    facing criminal charges before regular trial courts,” the appellant
    said.

    Interestingly, Daniel admitted that “BJMP is better equipped and
    better-trained in handling detainees since it is their area of
    expertise.”

    “The PNP personnel currently securing [Dimaporo] would be better
    utilized to carry out law enforcement duties for the benefit of the
    greater citizenry of San Juan City,” the motion read.

    Police officers sought permission from the court that they be “merely
    tasked” to secure the perimeter of the hospital. JOHN CONSTANTINE G. CORDON

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