Manila: A one-hectare compound inside the Camp Crame headquarters of the Philippine National Police may just turn out to be the most star-studded prison complex in the country.

The PNP has begun reviewing the cases of more than 70 detainees who are locked up at the PNP Custodial Center in preparation for the possible arrest of lawmakers implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

To free up some of the space in the jail compound for the VIP jailbirds, the PNP will be making a request to the appropriate courts for the immediate transfer of the 70 detainees to regular detention facilities, said a senior police official who asked not to be named for lack of authority to talk to the media.