Estrada describes Gigi Reyes’ situation ‘inhumane’

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MANILA Mayor Joseph Estrada visited Tuesday detained lawyer Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, who faces a non-bailable charge of plunder, in her temporary detention cell at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City.

"Nakakaawa. Kawawa naman," said Estrada. He said the way Reyes was treated was "very inhuman."

Estrada said Reyes' has no privacy in her detention cell and the place is not suited for a female detainee.

The Manila mayor added that Reyes was even barred to speak privately with her mother, who visited the detained former chief of staff of detained Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Ponce Enrile last Monday.

The former President said he and Reyes are "good friends" for more than two decades starting way back in 1987 when Estrada and Enrile are both elected as the only two opposition members of the Senate.

Estrada stayed in Reyes' jail for 15 minutes.

Estrada was at the anti-graft court Tuesday for the bail hearing of his son, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, a co-accused of Enrile in the plunder and graft cases related to the alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Reyes surrendered to the Sandiganbayan Third Division last Friday after her former boss surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame on plunder and graft cases.

Enrile allegedly pocketed P172 million in kickbacks from 2004 to 2012 after channeling his PDAF allocations to the fake non-government organizations controlled by Janet Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind.

Last Monday, Enrile received former President Fidel Ramos at his temporary detention cell at the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame.

Ramos and Enrile are instrumental in toppling the dictatorial government of late President Ferdinand Marcos during the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan third division has yet to decide where Enrile and Reyes should be detained.

Reyes was supposed to be committed to the Quezon City Jail but Chief Inspector Elena Rocamora, QCJ warden, has refused accommodate her, citing the prison is not designed to accommodate "high risk/high profile inmates" like Reyes.

The court has summoned Rocamora to explain their reason for refusal. (Sunnex)

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