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Philippines’ own Chateau D’If: A Place for Corrupt Officials

Just like from the movie “The Count of Monte Cristo“, where criminals are taken to an isolated island called Chateau D’If (a maximum security prison), ex-Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson suggested that public officials accused of corruption be detained in a facility ‘exclusively’ for them.

Chateau D'If id where Edmond Dantes of the popular book Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned. Should we build one for our corrupt officials? Photo Credit: vagabondquest.com
Chateau D’If id – where Edmond Dantes of the popular movie “Count of Monte Cristo” was imprisoned.
Should we build one for our corrupt officials?
Photo Credit: vagabondquest.com

Accused officials, while the case is ‘on-going’, should be detained in the facility built on an island, and once they are convicted, should be transferred to regular prison.

He also suggested that the government form an anti-corruption team granted the authority to go after corrupt officials.  This special unit can work along with the Ombudsman, who then does the investigation and prosecution.


Sen. Lacson is the first official to refute Pork Barrel – the same government appropriation that put Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, and Juan Ponce Enrile, and the alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles to jail, due to corruption charges.

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