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Possible De Lima cell at Crame: No aircon, but has electric fan, own CR


Senator Leila De Lima will be detained at a modest cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center if the Muntinlupa court handling her case decides to have her detained there.

A source told GMA News Online the detention cell has no airconditioning unit but it has an electric fan. The cell also has its own comfort room.

He described the detention cell is "dignified, decent, safe, and secured." The source refused to give further details on the detention cell due to security reasons.

De Lima will be the only female inmate at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center if the court decides to detain her there.

At present, there are 25 inmates detained at the Custodial Center including former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Bong Revilla. All of them are male.

De Lima surrendered on Friday to officials of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, who served the arrest warrant issued Thursday by Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guerrero, after spending the night at the Senate.

The senator was brought to the PNP CIDG and arrived at the office around 9 a.m. where she underwent the booking procedures including the taking of mugshot and fingerprints, and medical examination.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, one who accompanied De Lima, said the female senator's blood pressure was elevated.

After the booking procedure, De Lima was transported to the Muntinlupa court around 10 a.m. for the return of her arrest warrant.

The judge will then issue a commitment order stating where the senator will be detained. --JST, GMA News

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