No city jail VIP treatment for wanted councilor — Warden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:51


City Jail Warden Supt. Julius Arro on Monday assured that there will be no “VIP” treatment for Councilor Teodyver Arquiza in the event he would be arrested and detained at the Zamboanga City Jail.

“We are ready all the time to receive any detainee who will be brought here and as the mandate of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, we don’t practice “VIP” treatment whoever he or she is,” Arro replied to a question on how the jail personnel would treatArquiza and Talon-Talon Kagawad Victorino Iballo.

Arro said that regardless of Arquiza’s profession or position in the government, he will be treated the same as other ordinary inmates except those with death threats.

The warden said that if in case Arquiza had  received threats, the bureau will provide him proper security for his safety.

Arro said the bureau will give all the necessary attention to Emily Eijansantos, the former barangay treasurer of Talon-Talon, who was among those charged for the same offense along with Arquiza and Iballo.  The two-month pregant Eijansantos has surrendered to the police, while Arquiza and Ibalio remained missing are believed to be in hiding.

The three were charged of malversation through falsification of public documents while a separate case was filed against Arquiza and Ibalio for graft and corruption last Thursday.

Based on the resolution of the prosecutor, Arquiza and Iballo were charged of three counts of graft and corruption and along with Eijansantos, they were charged with three counts of malversation.

On Friday, Arquiza and Iballo posted P90,000 bail bond each for graft and corruption after the court issued a warrant of arrest. In the afternoon, the court also issued another  warrant of arrest for malversation on Arquiza, Iballo and Eijansantos.

Eijansantos surrendered to the Divisoria Police Station before the warrant was served, while Arquiza and Iballo were no longer in their residences when the police went to serve serve the warrant.

The charges were filed when Arquiza  was the barangay chairman of Talon-Talon before he was elected city councilor.-– Dan Toribio