Who says Gigi Reyes is sweating at her detention room?
MANILA, Philippines – Contrary to reports that the Sandiganbayan detention room does not have an electric fan, Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes is keeping herself cool while under detention, a source said.
Although it may be true that the court detention room is not equipped with an air-conditioner, the source, who requested anonymity, said Reyes’ detention room is adjacent to the Sandiganbayan security office, which has a cooling unit.
The air-con unit of the security office is just next to Reyes’ detention room, allowing cool air to circulate there, the source said.
“It’s still cool in her detention room,” the source said in Filipino.
He also said Reyes’ family and relatives always bring food, which sometimes Reyes does not eat.
“If only we could eat the left-overs. But we’re not allowed,” the source added.
The detention room’s ceiling fan is not working. Third Division clerk of court Atty. Dennis Pulma said an electric fan stand was provided so Reyes can have some comfort.
Reyes kept three books in the detention room to keep herself busy, the source added.
Reyes, the resigned chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, faces, along with her former boss, plunder charges over the pork barrel scam.
She surrendered to the court after the arrest warrant was issued against Enrile and his co-accused. But since she surrendered to the court, the Sandiganbayan is mulling her transfer to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, which is a city jail.
But the BJMP said it does not have the facility to secure such a high-profile detainee like Reyes.
The court is expected to release its decision on Reyes’ motion for her to be transferred to the Philippine National Police Custodial Center, where Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. are detained.
Meanwhile, Enrile is in the PNP hospital due to his high blood pressure pending his plea to allow him hospital arrest.
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