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QC jail ready for Garcia wife, sons–DILG

Posted by Abi Kwok on March 9, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 19:23:00 03/09/2009

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City jail is ready to accommodate the wife and sons of former military comptroller Carlos Garcia, who were arrested in the United States after more than three years in hiding, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Public Safety Marius Corpus said on Monday.

Corpus said that although Garcia’s wife, Clarita Depakakibo, and sons Timothy Mark, Juan Paulo and Ian Carl, would have to be crammed in with other inmates, they might be separated from “tattooed inmates” for their safety.

“May area kasi duon para sa mga walang tattoo; yung sa mga behaved [inmates] natin sila ilalagay…kasi kung ihahalo mo yan sa ano eh [tattooed inmates] medyo delikado din, sa mga gangs [There is an area there for those without tattoos; we will place them there with the behaved inmates…because if you mix them in with the tattooed inmates, it might be dangerous, because of the gangs,” Corpus said at a press conference.

Deputy Special Prosecutor Jesus Micael earlier said the Garcias will be brought straight to the Quezon City jail once they are extradited here to face plunder charges, along with the former military comptroller, for allegedly amassing some P303 million in unexplained wealth.

Plunder is a non-bailable offense.

The former general had earlier been found guilty by a court martial of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, and Article of War 97, or conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline.

When asked if Garcia’s wife and sons could be detained with the former comptroller at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Corpus said, “It is up to the Courts to decide.”

Garcia’s family can also request to be detained at the district jail in Taguig City, which is under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

“But whatever it is, we will coordinate with the courts,” Corpus said.

Assistant Ombudsman Mark Jalandoni earlier confirmed that Depakakibo and Garcia’s third son, Timothy Mark, were arrested in the US on the request of the Philippine government.

Micael said the arrest was made on the strength of a “provisional arrest warrant” as requested by Philippine authorities to their US counterparts.

Garcia’s other sons, Juan Paulo and Ian Carl, were arrested earlier in the US for alleged bulk cash smuggling after they allegedly tried to bring into San Francisco some $100,000 in improperly documented cash in 2003.

It was that incident that led to the discovery of the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the family.

Although Juan Paulo and Ian Carl have been released on bail by a San Francisco court, Micael said the important thing is “the authorities already know their movements.”


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