Da­vide lifts sus­pen­sion of CPDRC in­mates’ vis­it­ing priv­i­leges

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /COR­RE­SPON­DENT MOREX­ETTE MARIE B. ER­RAM

IN­MATES of the Cebu Pro­vin­cial De­ten­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter (CPDRC), ex­cept 60 of them who are as­signed at de­ten­tion cell num­bers 26 and 98, were al­ready al­lowed to re­ceive vis­i­tors start­ing yes­ter­day.

But act­ing jail war­den Audusti Miguel clar­i­fied that the re­sump­tion of in­mates’ vis­it­ing priv­i­leges has noth­ing to do with the re­cent visit of Pro­vin­cial Board Mem­ber Gre­cilda “Gigi” Sanchez–Za­ballero at the gover­nor’s of­fice on Tues­day.

“We re­sumed (vis­it­ing priv­i­leges) be­cause it’s for the greater good. We did an eval­u­a­tion. Un­der the good au­thor­ity of the gover­nor, we de­cided to bring back the in­mates’ vis­it­ing rights,” Miguel said.

CPDRC task force mem­ber Roberto Le­gaspi said on Mon­day that the sus­pen­sion of the vis­it­ing priv­i­lege of the more than 3,000 in­mates re­sulted from the dis­cov­ery of cell phones used by high pro­file in­mates Leode­greco “Greco” Sanchez and Joa­van Fer­nan­dez.

On Tues­day, PB Mem­ber Sanchez vis­ited the Of­fice of Cebu Gover­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III to raise a con­cern on Le­gaspi’s ear­lier pro­nounce­ment.

Le­gaspi clar­i­fied on the same day that the dis­cov­ery of cell phones from Sanchez and Fer­nan­dez’ pos­ses­sion was only one of the con­sid­er­a­tions which led Gov. Da­vide to or­der the sus­pen­sion of in­mates’ vis­it­ing priv­i­leges.

He said that the dis­cov­ery of drugs and other con­tra­band dur­ing the Oc­to­ber 5 grey­hound op­er­a­tion was a ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion in the gover­nor’s de­ci­sion.

To pre­vent im­po­si­tion of new sanc­tions, Miguel said that the CPDRC task force is ask­ing in­mates to fol­low jail rules and reg­u­la­tions.

“Just fol­low the house rules to avoid your vis­it­ing priv­i­leges from be­ing sus­pended once again. Never smug­gle con­tra­band items in the jail like il­le­gal drugs and cell phones,” he added.

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