By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has not yet received any copy of the arrest warrant against Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, the reason why lawmen could not yet place her under custody following Sandiganbayan’s conviction on seven counts of graft charges against the late strongman’s wife.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said no less than national police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde had given assurance to the public that Marcos would be arrested the moment they received the arrest warrant from the Sandiganbayan.
“The Sandiganbayan said they have yet to issue the arrest warrant by Monday. Be rest assured that we will never be too busy from doing our mandate,” Durana told the Manila Bulletin.
The PNP spokesman was reacting to criticisms in the social media about the alleged double standard in treating Marcos and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
Some of the netizens have pointed out that policemen were already posted at the Senate where Trillanes was then holed up even in the absence of the arrest warrant and claimed that the same eagerness is absent in the case of Marcos.
Albayalde, for his part, said part of their compliance to the Sandiganbayan’s arrest warrant is to bring Marcos to where the anti-graft court wants her to be taken for custody.
But if in case the Sandiganbayan would order the PNP to have Marcos under police custody, Albayalde said there would be two options that would be implemented.
First is to bring Marcos to the Custodial Center at Camp Crame where Sen. Leila de Lima is currently detained.
The second one, according to Albayalde, is to place Marcos in one of the rooms of the PNP General Hospital also at Camp Crame– the same option given to former senator and now senatorial candidate Juan Ponce Enrile when the latter was arrested for a case of plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam.
The hospital option given to Enrile was due to humanitarian consideration over his old age.
Marcos, who was not present during the promulgation of judgment on the multimillion-dollar graft charges, is already 89 years old.
“So we are ready if there is an order by the court to bring her to Camp Crame,” said Albayalde.