Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Wednesday questioned the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) extreme coverage requiring guests of detained Sen. Leila de Lima on the Custodial Center in Camp Crame to search permission for his or her visit 10 days in advance.
“Yes I agree with them that the 10-day waiting period must be reviewed,” Pimentel stated, referring to the Senate minority bloc’s petition to assessment the 10-day advane notice coverage.
“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 stated, pertaining to these at the moment detained on the Custodial Center that additionally embody 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 stated.
In a letter signed Monday, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon together with Senators Drilon, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Bam Aquino sought the assistance of Pimentel to reverse the “unreasonable and impractical” requirement set by the PNP headquarters.
Pangilinan stated he had additionally written PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa and requested for clarification on the sudden imposition of such coverage as no formal notification was given to them or De Lima relating to this new requirement.