Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Wednesday questioned the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) excessive policy requiring visitors of detained Sen. Leila de Lima at the Custodial Center in Camp Crame to seek permission for their visit 10 days in advance.
“Yes I agree with them that the 10-day waiting period must be reviewed,” Pimentel said, referring to the Senate minority bloc’s petition to review the 10-day advane notice policy.
“I was able to confirm that indeed that the (PNP headquarters in Camp) Crame is now more strict, not only on De Lima but all others,” he said, pertaining to those currently detained at the Custodial Center that also include former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
“We will inquire first. (But) Maybe the PNP should review it because she must also be accessible. Although not free, but accessible to her staff, to constituents to colleagues. The 10-day notice might be too impractical,” he said.
In a letter signed Monday, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon along with Senators Drilon, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Bam Aquino sought the help of Pimentel to reverse the “unreasonable and impractical” requirement set by the PNP headquarters.
Pangilinan said he had also written PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa and asked for clarification on the sudden imposition of such policy as no formal notification was given to them or De Lima regarding this new requirement.