Bato offers Camp Crame cell for De Lima detention, vows complete protection

  • PNP chief offered use of Camp Crame’s Custodial Center as cell for senator
  • He assured De Lima of her safety there
  • He is just waiting for the court’s order on where senator will be detained

MANILA, Philippines – Amid Sen. Leila de Lima’s impending arrest, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa offered the use of the Custodial Center in Camp Crame to house the solon.

According to Dela Rosa, De Lima’s safety will be assured if she is detained at the Custodial Center.

“I am offering the facility so she will be given complete protection because she is a senator,” the Philippine Star quoted him saying. “I think, for me, that is one of the most secured detention centers in the country, in as much as it is situated right inside PNP General Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. I promise her that she will be very, very safe inside Camp Crame.”

The PNP chief clarified though that they are just waiting for whatever the court handling De Lima’s case will order.

“Basta ako I’m just waiting for instructions from the competent courts, kung just in case kailangan nang gamitin ang aming Crame Detention Center,” he said.

[As for me, I’m just waiting for instructions from the competent courts, if just in case we need to use the Crame Detention Center.]

Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Eric Balmes said they are still waiting for the arrest warrant from the Muntinlupa regional trial court where the raps were filed.

“It will be up to the judge in whose sala the cases will be raffled off to decide when to issue the warrant,” he said.

De Lima is accused of violating three sections of the country’s anti-drug trafficking law along with former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director Franklin Bucayu. Also named in the complaint was her former driver and lover Ronnie Dayan.