Manila: The Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation appear to be vying to take on the task of arresting Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile and 51 others charged with plunder and graft in the Sandiganbayan over the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

“We were the investigating body and it’s also part of our mandate to make arrest if ordered so by the court. We cannot just be bystanders in this, we have to comply,” NBI Director Virgilio Mendez said.

Mendez said those arrested by the NBI would be detained at the NBI facility on Taft Avenue in Manila.

The three opposition lawmakers have expressed willingness to turn themselves in to the PNP.