There are no indications that VIP treatment is given to the group of former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director PSupt. Marvin Marcos.
This was proven by Baybay Regional Trial Court Judge Carlos Arguelles in a surprise inspection of the group’s prison cell at the CIDG penal facility in Tacloban City on Saturday.
Together with members of the media, Judge Arguelles entered the detention cells of the accused. He personally saw the security inside the detention cell, such as the three steel gates one has to go through before reaching the group’s detention cell.
The 19 accused policemen are detained in one cell.
In a small space in front of the small cell, the media personnel saw a lawyer talk with Supt. Santi Noel Matira and Chief Insp. Leo Laraga.
“There is no-air conditioned unit. Only an electric fan. No television set. So they are within one cell, the 19 detention prisoners. So I see to it now that there are no violations or there is no violation of the condition as provided for in the order issued by the court,” Judge Arguelles said.
He added that he wanted to personally see if the condition to implement maximum security has been met.
The 19 accused cops are also to stay within a locked cell. They are not allowed to roam around and talk with CIDG personnel.
“From time to time I will see to it that justice is served. So I’m impartial to everybody. I’m impartial to everything. I’m partial in these cases. I want to see to it that the authorities are performing their functions, and I want to see to it that the court order is strictly complied,” the judge said.
The arraignment of PSupt. Marcos and his co-accused is set on April 26 after failing to push through on March 29. — Jenelyn Gaquit | UNTV News & Rescue