Dec 292014

Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada will be able to spend more time with their families this coming New Year’s Eve at their detention facility inside Camp Crame after the Philippine National Police approved their request.

According to deputy PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Robert Po, the request of the two senators were partially approved.

“I think it was granted partially but they were given a little leeway,” he said at a briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon Ciy.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor last week said the two senators have asked to be allowed to entertain visitors until 2 a.m., or a nine-hour extension in their regular visiting hours. 

The regular visiting hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. This year, the New Year’s Eve will fall on a Wednesday.

“I am not sure how long the extension was granted but not the whole request was granted,” Po further noted.

Visitors of the two lawmakers may bring food like lechon or roasted pig. However, dancing on loud music is prohibited. Any form of gadgets will not be allowed inside the PNP Custodial Center, where the two senators are detained.

Po said visiting rules will be strictly implemented.

Revilla and Estrada are facing plunder and graft cases before the Sandiganbayan for their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

They were earlier allowed by the PNP to hold a Christmas party for their families at their detention facility. —Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza/NB, GMA News

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