MANILA, Philippines -- American rape convict Daniel Smith has been given clerical work to keep himself busy while he continues to be detained at the US embassy, an official of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Monday.
Undersecretary for Public Safety Marius Corpus said at a press conference that the Marine lance corporal is ?still there [at the embassy]. As a matter of fact, I was there last Thursday [March 5]. As a matter of fact, he even lost weight?because he?s doing some exercises.?
?Tinanong ko rin sa US embassy kung anong pinapagawa nila kay Smith, dahil ang inmate hindi naman dapat idle yun kundi masisisra yung ulo niya o manggugulo. Dun naman sa US embassy, within the area of confinement niya, may mga clerical jobs na pinapa-check na mga papeles sa kanya to keep his mind busy and as I recommended, more physical exercises kasi baka atakihin siya dun [I also asked the US embassy what they are making Smith do, because an inmate should not be idle or he will lose his mind or cause trouble. At the US embassy, within his area of confinement, there are clerical jobs in which he is made to check papers to keep his mind busy and, as I recommended, most physical exercises because he might suffer a heart attack]? he added.
Corpus said the status quo was being maintained on Smith?s situation pending negotiations between the Philippine and US government on which local detention center he should be kept in.
The Supreme Court ruled that Smith should be returned to Philippine custody after declaring unconstitutional an agreement between Foreign Affairs secretary Alberto Romulo and US Ambassador Kristie Kenney allowing the convict?s detention at the US embassy.
But the high court also upheld the constitutionality of the Visiting Forces Agreement and allowed the two governments to negotiate where Smith should be detained.
?Kung ano yung pagkasunduan nila [DFA and US embassy] ay yun ang ini-implement namin. Sa ngayon status quo [We implement whatever the DFA and US embassy agree on. For now, it is the status quo],? Corpus said.
He said Smith believes not all Filipinos want him detained at the national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
?Sa kanya hindi naman siya naniniwala na lahat ng Pilipino?eh siyempre base lang sa nababasa niya sa media, may mga groups na gusto siyang dalhin sa Bilibid, pero inaantay din niya yung aksyon ng kanyang gobyerno eh [To him, he does not believe that all Filipinos?of course, based on what he reads in media, there are groups who want him brought to Bilibid, but he is also waiting for the actions of his government],? Corpus said.