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PJ wants inmates database to aid decongestion of jails, transfer provincial jails to BJMP

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu third district Representative and Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia has filed a bill in Congress seeking to establish a centralized system for the monitoring of inmates nationwide in aid of decongesting penitentiaries in the country. Garcia’s House Bill No. 7703 wants a digital network that will be the database of […] The post PJ wants inmates database to aid decongestion of jails, transfer provincial jails to BJMP appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerSep 28th, 2020

BJMP urged: Temporarily free political, elderly prisoners

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines—A group of human rights lawyers has asked the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology  (BJMP) for the temporary release of non-violent prisoners including the elderly and political prisoners. Lawyer Czarina Golda S. Musni, Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao secretary general, said provincial jails across Mindanao were overflowing with prisoners […] The post BJMP urged: Temporarily free political, elderly prisoners appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020

BJMP: Inmates near Taal Volcano safe

Aside from the preemptive evacuation of residents, inmates in jails near Taal Volcano have been transferred to safer ground......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2020

Police to ask congressmen to fund construction of bigger jails in towns

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) housing almost a thousand inmates, which is beyond its capacity, the provincial police are considering asking the district representatives to build bigger penitentiaries for the towns. Police Colonel Roderick Mariano, Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO), said that they had begun talks with […] The post Police to ask congressmen to fund construction of bigger jails in towns appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

67 more inmates hurdle random drug test

PERSONS deprived of liberty (PDL) in three jails in Guimaras and Iloilo passed random drug tests conducted recently. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA-6), together with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), conducted a greyhound operation and surprise drug tests on inmates of municipal and district jails in Guimaras, Passi, and Pototan […] The post 67 more inmates hurdle random drug test appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

Babies have rights

 #ASKGOYO Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal Quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “The tragic death of 3-month-old Baby River highlights the need to do MORE, BETTER, FASTER in the justice sector quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “Baby River was born at the Fabella Medical Center on July 1, 2020.  Her mother, urban poor organizer Reina Mae Nasino, 23 years old, is a detainee at the Manila City Jail Female Dormitory who was arrested on November 5, 2019 at the Tondo office of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.  The police raids that resulted in the arrests of over 60 activists in Metro Manila and Bacolod were by virtue of various warrants issued by the RTC Branch 89 in Quezon City.  Reina Mae and two others were charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, a non-bailable offense. “Despite questions raised against the validity of the raids and arrests as well as petitions for the release of Reina Mae on health and humanitarian grounds or for continued breast-feeding, the frail and underweight Baby River was separated from her mother barely a month after birth. “The case went through RTC Manila Branch 20, the Supreme Court, back to RTC Branch 20, then RTC branch 42 and RTC Branch 37, and the Court of Appeals, until Baby River died on Oct. 12, 2020. “Manila RTC Branch 47 finally allowed Reina Mae furlough – this time to visit her dead daughter.  Despite many fully armed BJMP escorts, police and military personnel monitoring and accompanying Reina Mae, she remained hand-cuffed while at the wake. “The heartbreaking and brief life-story of Baby River compel us to raise these questions: “1. Why can’t our justice system safeguard the needs and rights of an innocent child to breastfeeding and a better chance to survive? “2. Why don’t our jails have adequate facilities to address the needs and rights of children and women detainees duly recognized by domestic and international law? “3. Why does it take so long to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights? “4. Isn’t there double standard when “bigger” detainees are allowed similar or even greater privileges? “5. Can we not have justice with compassion? “Let our concern, dismay, or rage and the tears that we may shed for Baby River Nasino fuel our collective determination and action to improve our justice system.  Let not our innocent children fall under the cracks.  Babies have rights and we have duties to nurture them.  Let our humanity rise above our personal comforts or the privileges of power.” DOMINGO EGON CAYOSA National President & Chairman of the Board of Governors *** We can talk about the law legal processes, and I’m sure many will.  But at the crux of all this should be:“What is it to be human?” Have we sunk so low that we’ve lost our humanity?  Have we forgotten what it is that separates us from animals?  Have we been numb to peoples’ suffering and death? Have we been stripped of our sense of morality and compassion that we have lost our appreciation of what is right and wrong?  People have discussed the trampled rights of the mother of the infant.  But what about the rights of the baby?  Stripping the legalese of the tragedy, we have to ask: What about the basic needs of the baby, as emphasized by the statement of the IBP?  There is no justification to being deprived of the love and care his mother, and the warmth of her embrace. The soothing voice to say she’s going to get better, and she’s loved…  Have we regressed to a point that we’ve been stripped of our empathy? More than the legality of this.  After the furor will have died down, and it surely will, I think we have to ask ourselves, “Where are we now?”  How low have we sunk and how to we get back up and regain some sense of decency? My heart broke when I saw pictures of Reina Mae Nasino covered in PPE, in handcuffs, unable to even hug her dead baby one last time.  I still cannot understand the inhumanity towards not only the mother, but the baby, who had done no one wrong, yet was treated with so much hate, disrespect, contempt, and derision for her to be born in this world, yet stripped and deprived of human love and affection.  I can never hate anyone that much to treat him or her so badly. I think we need to dig deep within ourselves and search our soul.  To find the humanity which has clearly been missing.  We need to find our moral compass, before we all lose our soul and drown in the abyss. Stay Safe.  Pray for Baby River.  Pray for OUR country......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Almost 22K inmates released to decongest jails nationwide — DILG

MANILA, Philippines — Almost 22,000 detainees were released in a bid to decongest overcrowded prisons nationwide as the threat of COVID-19 pandemic reaches even those behind bars, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Wednesday. In a statement, DILG chief Eduardo Año said 21,858 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) were released from […] The post Almost 22K inmates released to decongest jails nationwide — DILG appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

Conditions in several Philippine jails, detention facilities cruel, inhuman — CHR

"Overcrowded jail cells and detention facilities [are] akin to cruel, degrading, inhuman treatment or punishment. [They increase] the likelihood of transmission of [COVID-19] which places the lives of the old and immunocompromised inmates in peril," the commission's spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

Philippines frees over 22,500 inmates amid COVID-19 epidemic

MANILA, May 29 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines has released a total of 22,522 inmates in an effort to decongest the country's overcrowded jails amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country, a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

Philippines Frees Nearly 10,000 Inmates as Coronavirus Hits Jails

MANILA - Nearly 10,000 prison inmates have been released in the Philippines as the country races to halt coronavirus infections in its overcrowded jails, a Supreme Court official said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2020

Manila frees 10,000 inmates

MANILA: Nearly 10,000 prison inmates have been released in the Philippines as the country races to halt coronavirus infections in its overcrowded jails, a Supreme Court official said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2020

Nearly 10,000 inmates freed as virus hits Philippine jails

Nearly 10,000 inmates freed as virus hits Philippine jails.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2020

Congestion not reason: Calida blocks petition to release vulnerable prisoners

MANILA, Philippines – Solicitor General Jose Calida is blocking the petition to release on humanitarian grounds sickly, elderly and low-risk prisoners, saying that the congestion of Philippine jails "is not among the grounds to release inmates." "While it is true that some of the detention and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

Virus outbreak at PH jails: 9 inmates, 9 jailers infected

At least nine inmates and nine Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel have tested positive for coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) at the Quezon City jail facility......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

Virtual reality for inmates

With nine inmates and nine personnel from the Quezon City Jail testing positive for COVID-19, it seems virtual visit will be the new norm for prisoners all over the country. Anticipating such eventuality, a legal aid organization founded by a lawmaker prepared 25 sets of computers for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, for distribution to different jails around Metro Manila for the implementation of “e-dalaw” or electronic visit in lieu of physical visits to Persons Deprived of Liberty  due to the COVID-19 pandemic. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

Philippines: Reduce Crowded Jails to Stop COVID-19

(Manila) - Philippine authorities, to stem the COVID-19 outbreak, should release from the country's overcrowded jails and prisons inmates who have been detained or convicted for low-level and non-v.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

Philippines: Reduce Crowded Jails to Stop COVID-19

(Manila) - Philippine authorities, to stem the COVID-19 outbreak, should release from the country's overcrowded jails and prisons inmates who have been detained or convicted for low-level and non-v.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 7th, 2020

Indonesia frees 18,000 inmates from bursting jails over virus fears

MAJENE, Indonesia – Indonesia has released some 18,000 inmates in a desperate bid to stop coronavirus from rampaging through its notoriously overcrowded prison system, authorities said Thursday, April 2. The mass release comes days after the Southeast Asian nation said it would free more than 30,000 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

US to free some prisoners amid coronavirus threat

Washington, United States–US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday he had instructed federal prisons to free some inmates to lessen the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. One day after the United Nations human rights chief urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded jails and other enclosed facilities, Barr said he had encouraged US prisons […] The post US to free some prisoners amid coronavirus threat appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Mass test prisoners, govt urged

FAMILIES of detained political prisoners has called on the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to allow mass testing of prisoners because of the alarming rise of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country. In a statement, Kapatid spokesman Fides Lim said that the mass testing will assure them that jails under BJMP’s jurisdiction are indeed 100% safe […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

Virus ‘frees’ 1,000 inmates

The chief state judge in New Jersey ordered the release of hundreds of inmates in county jails by Tuesday “based on the dangers posed by coronavirus disease 19.” Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court issued the order on Monday after consulting with the state attorney general, County Prosecutors Association, Public Defenders […] The post Virus ‘frees’ 1,000 inmates appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2020