“She will not have to worry about anything anymore. We will provide free clothes, free meals… a few of our inmates have even expressed their willingness to keep her company.”
(Manila) Amid rumors that former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may be seeking political asylum in the Dominican Republic, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Deputy Superintendent Alvin Quimpo announced today that they would be more than happy to grant Arroyo the same at the penitentiary.
“When we hard that President Arroyo might be looking for a place to escape from the persecution she is currently undergoing we felt it was only right that we offer the facilities we have at our disposal for her use.” Quimpo told reporters in a press conference at the penitentiary.
The NBP deputy superintendent also reassured the former president that she could not be safer from persecution anywhere else in the world.
“I have already conferred with Bureau of Corrections (BOC) Director Pangilinan on the matter and we are both in agreement that former President Arroyo deserves no less than a cell at the maximum security compound… for her own protection.” Quimpo said.
But it isn’t just political asylum that the NBP is offering Arroyo according to Quimpo.
“She will not have to worry about anything anymore. We will provide free clothes, free meals… a few of our inmates have even expressed their willingness to keep her company. Of course, her husband Mike Arroyo is welcome to join her as well.” Quimpo continued.
Meanwhile, reaction from Malacañang on the issue has been swift but noncommittal.
“We have already asked Department of Justice Secretary de Lima to clarify the nature of Deputy Superintendent Quimpo’s offer to former President Arroyo. ” Presidential Spokesman Oscar Donato said.
Political analysts say that if former President Arroyo does make it to the sanctuary of the New Bilibid Prison, the Aquino administration would find itself losing public trust.
“It would be very bad for the Aquino administration if GMA somehow manages to escape the clutches of justice by accepting the Bilibid offer.” Professor Pedro Abrigo of the Philippine National State University of the Philippines’ (PNSUP) Political Science and Animal Husbandry Department said.
There has been no word from the Arroyo camp regarding the NBP’s offer of asylum as of Friday morning.