Po­lice, ju­di­ciary work­ing to de­con­gest over­crowded jails

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THE Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) said Fri­day, April 13, that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are closely co­or­di­nat­ing with the court to ex­pe­dite the is­suance of com­mit­ment or­ders in or­der to de­con­gest over­crowded de­ten­tion cells in po­lice sta­tions.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tors are also closely co­or­di­nat­ing with the var­i­ous courts to ex­pe­dite the re­lease of com­mit­ment or­ders so that all those who have been con­victed could al­ready be trans­ferred to the BJMP (Bu­reau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy) de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties which are much big­ger than the de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties of the po­lice sta­tions,” said PNP spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Bu­lala­cao.

He made the state­ment fol­low­ing the death of an in­mate due to heart at­tack at the Pasay City Po­lice Sta­tion.

Seven in­mates in the said fa­cil­ity were also rushed to the hos­pi­tal af­ter col­laps­ing due to ex­haus­tion and de­hy­dra­tion.

The po­lice ear­lier said the Pasay City Po­lice jail is ca­pa­ble of hold­ing only a max­i­mum of 60 per­sons. There are cur­rently 157 de­tainees there, more than dou­ble its ca­pac­ity.

Bu­lala­cao ad­mit­ted that there are not enough de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties in po­lice sta­tions na­tion­wide and they have been un­able to cope with the surge in ar­rests amid the gov­er­ment’s war on drugs.

He said the fund for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of de­ten­tion cells in the po­lice sta­tions had al­ready been re­quested in or­der to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion of the de­tainees.

“In as much as the PNP wants to ad­dress the is­sue on over­crowded de­ten­tion cell, we have to ac­cept the fact that we only have lim­ited avail­able fa­cil­i­ties. Nonethe­less, we are do­ing our best to in­clude in the pro­posed bud­get the con­struc­tion of new po­lice sta­tion build­ings with im­proved de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties,” said Bu­lala­cao.

Mean­while, in­com­ing PNP chief Os­car Al­bay­alde said the PNP will also con­tinue co­or­di­nat­ing with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of de­ten­tion cells in po­lice sta­tions in their area.

Since July 2016, 40 de­tainees have died due to the poor con­di­tion of the jail fa­cil­i­ties in Metro Manila po­lice sta­tions. Ma­jor­ity of the fa­tal­i­ties were from the Pasay City po­lice of­fice.

“Pi­naka­ma­rami nga po dyan sa Pasay nga dahil sa so­brang con­gested na po ‘yung at­ing de­ten­tion cells. Tama po ‘yung sin­abi ng at­ing pan­gulo na kailan­gan yang mga yan ay palak­i­hin pa lalo na po ‘yung de­ten­tion cells ng mga ka­pulisan natin dahil puro mga tem­po­rary lang po yan,” he said.

Ear­lier, Al­bay­alde, as the di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice

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