Arroyo should be in regular jail, not hospital arrest — law school dean PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 January 2012 14:24

“Equal treatment for everybody!”

This is the strong statement issued by Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno, Dean, College of Law, De La Salle University and chairperson of Free Legal Assistance Group in an interview in Zamboanga City last Wednesday.

Diokno was referring to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was charged of electoral sabotage relative to the 2007 election and is now held under hospital arrest in St. Lukes Medical Center in Taguig, instead of being detained in a regular jail.

“Mahirap naman yung ibang tao ay may hospital detention, samantalang ang mga pangkaraniwang akusado ay nasa city jail (It is totally different that other people have a hospital detention while ordinary people are in city jail), Diokno lamented.

“Kung talagang equal treatment ang batas natin (if the law is really fair), whether we are reach or poor, powerful or weak, we should be treated the same. I don’t see any reason why the former president should not be put in a regular jail. Of course she has her security consideration ... puede namang dagdagan (it can be augmented),” Diokno said.

Diokno observed that it is not really creating a good impression that a president who had been charged is only under hospital arrest.

“That’s a special treatment. We have to show to the people that the legal system is for everybody,” he stressed. —  Albert Luna