By Aaron Recuenco
Humanitarian considerations will be observed on former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos when the police implement the arrest warrant that would be issued by the Sandiganbayan following her conviction on multimillion-dollar graft charges.
Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said both the age and health condition of people subjected to arrest are always considered every time the police would conduct operations that include implementation of the arrest warrant.
“We have to take into consideration the age. In any arrest or anybody or that matter that has to be taken into consideration: the health and age,” said Albayalde.
Marcos is 89 years old and is reportedly suffering some illnesses that come with old age.
She was convicted of seven counts of graft cases—six to 11 years per count—in connection with the graft charges filed against her over some multimillion-dollar money deposited abroad. There was still no plunder case when the cases were filed against Marcos.
Albayalde also denied allegations that the PNP is cold in arresting Marcos over the closeness of President Duterte to the Marcoses, citing the case of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as an example.
“On the case of Senator Trillanes, it’s not meant to harass. Actually, the Senate is really being guarded by policemen, we have policemen who are actually assigned there, not necessarily for Senator Trillanes,” said Albayalde.
He assured that the same courtesy showed to Trillanes will be extended to Marcos once the Sandiganbayan issues the arrest warrant.
And once it is issued, Albayalde said it is the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) which will take the lead in implementing the arrest warrant.
Part of the preparation of the PNP, according to Albayalde, is the possible order for Marcos to be under police custody.
It was recalled that the PNP leadership earlier said Marcos could stay either at the Custodial Center where Sen. Leila de Lima is detained or at the PNP General Hospital where former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile was temporarily detained when he was arrested for plunder case.
“It will be the CIDG which will lead the arrest and if there would be order that she be brought here in our facility, we are always ready to accommodate the former first lady,” said Albayalde.