Stop the circus and the special treatment of PDAF prisoners

pdafHow else would one describe the status now of Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, Juan Ponce Enrile, Janet Lim-Napoles and Gigi Reyes, if not that of being a prisoner?



To be an ordinary prisoner is one thing, but to be treated as a special prisoner is another thing.

Thus, we have accommodations like the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City, where Estrada and Revilla are staying, and the bungalow detention quarters of Napoles at Fort Sto. Domingo.

Gigi Reyes is doing everything possible, including getting sick, just so she won’t get to be sent to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility inside Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

Like the rest of them, Reyes wants to be confined also at the Custodial Center, although her former boss, Enrile, has been given the option to stay at the PNP General Hospital inside Crame due to his advanced age and medical issues.

What make all of these ‘jailed” PDAF plunderers even more special is the fact that every time they go somewhere, a retinue of police escorts accompany them in convoy of cars that create a circus-like scene that is so repulsive watching every time they arrive and/or leave their destination.

Not only is government spending so much money for their comfort while in detention and their safety and security while being whisked to places where they are needed, but are these people really flight risks that they be guarded by numerous heavily armed policemen?

I understand if more guards are assigned to Napoles because of who she is and what she has done in implicating powerful people, but do we have to overkill it?

Besides, who is crazy enough to shanghai Enrile, Estrada and Revilla, or Reyes, for that matter?

What I am simply saying is that let us not overdo things that will make the law enforcers look to the public ridiculous, at best, and ludicrous, at worst, in securing these preferred prisoners.

Discipline and order amongst the police escorts and crowd control is a better scene to look at compared to the spectacle and drama that is being dished out to the public every time the special prisoners go out for their respective appointments.



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