Former senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada reacted on the possibility that Senator Leila de Lima might be their fellow inmate inside the Camp Crame soon. This is after the Liberal Party (LP) senator said that she has already packed her things, and is now preparing herself in case an arrest warrant against her will be released.
“I cannot physically resist. I am morally and psychologically resisting it because I’m innocent. What can I do? Hindi ako tatakas. Hindi ako magtatago. Hindi ako pupunta ng ospital. Hindi ako magwi-wheelchair,” Sen. De Lima told reporters, Tuesday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, when asked what she will do in case she will get arrested anytime.
“Sakali pong mangyari, God forbid, sana ilagay ako sa isang lugar na safe and secure ako. Maraming nangyayari sa mga selda. What is another case of EJK?” She added, noting that she hopes that she will be placed in a “safe and secure” detention center. The troubled senator also vowed not to fight back. “Di po ako manlalaban.” She emphasized.
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That afternoon, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson suggested that Sen. Leila de Lima is very much likely to be detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, where both Estrada and Revilla are also detained after they were accused on misusing millions of their Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF).
“Ang irony noon, ‘di ba, kung secure na lugar ang hinahanap baka doon siya matabi. Assuming, ha [that she’ll be arrested] ? We’re not anticipating anything. Kasi wala pa naman ang resolution, ‘di pa natin alam maski i-file ang information. In case that happens, ang irony, baka magkakatabi sila ni senators Bong at Jinggoy,” Sen. Lacson said.
Meanwhile, Bong Revilla said that just like his friend Jinggoy Estrada, he will welcome Sen. De Lima as their fellow inmate. “Gaya ng sinabi ko dati sanyo, walang taong nakakatakas sa karma. Kaya ngayon na dumating na ang karma sa kanya, papatunuyan namin (ni Jinggoy) na hindi kami tulad nya. Welcome na welcome siya dito.” He said this Wednesday.
It should be remembered that De Lim was then the secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) when Revilla and Estrada were accused of plunder in 2014. In fact, she as the DOJ secretary played an important role during the investigation of the so-called PDAF scam. As of posting, no bail has been allowed for the freedom of the two former lawmakers.