Jinggoy Calls for Senate Investigation into Camp Crame Hostage Drama on October 9
Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada has urged his colleagues to address the October 9 hostage drama directly at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City as part of the surveillance powers of the chamber in considering security and safety measures.
“While our police officers demonstrated quick and decisive action during a crisis situation, the incident nevertheless poorly reflects the ability of our police organization to fulfill its mandate of crime prevention, law enforcement laws, maintaining public order and ensuring public safety,” Estrada said.
The senator tabled Senate Resolution No. 258 urging the relevant committee to investigate, in support of legislation, the attempted escape of three inmates and the ensuing hostage-taking incident. is followed inside the detention center of the PNP headquarters, with the detained former senator. Leila de Lima taken as one of the hostages.
Estrada, citing the need for the investigation, stressed the prevention of any untoward and violent incidents within the premises of Camp Crame.
In the aftermath of the incident, the senator expressed concern about allegations of inmate mistreatment and allegations of inmate Feliciano Sulayao Jr. when he held De Lima hostage.
“Marami kaming reklamo sa ginagawa amin dito, para kaming hayop itrato and ang mga pagkain may baboy,” De Lima said in an affidavit recalling complaints forwarded to him by Sulayao.
Sulayao and two other detainees linked to the Abu Sayyaf group and the Dawlah Islamiya terrorist group – Arnel Cabintoy and Idang Susukan – attempted to lock their cells in the detention center’s maximum security compound last Sunday.
“The police organization should inspire confidence through the institutionalization of strict security protocols in PNP detention centers, adequate training and capacity building of its officers and staff, and humane treatment of those in custody. police custody, with respect for their religious beliefs and cultural practices,” the lawmaker said.
Senator Robin Padilla visited De Lima at Camp Crame on Wednesday to reassure her that crime and terrorism are not part of the teachings of Islam after she was taken hostage by 3 Abu Sayaff members last Sunday .
Padilla said his visit to De Lima was not as a senator but as a Muslim and fellow Bicolano. He wanted to send the message that what his hostage takers had done was not in accordance with Islam.
Meanwhile, Padilla said he had discussed the possibility of home leave for De Lima, but PNP leader General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the former lawmaker opted to stay at home. Camp Cram.
“So we respect that,” he said.
Padilla also thanked Azurin for his public apology regarding the misuse of the word “Muslim” by some police officers in reference to hostage takers.
He said Azurin didn’t need to apologize but was humble enough to do so.