Dalaw priv­i­leges of in­mates back

The Freeman - - NEWS - LOR­RAINE MITZI AM­BRAD

The visi­ta­tion priv­i­leges of in­mates in­side the Cebu Pro­vin­cial De­ten­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter were re­stored ef­fec­tive yes­ter­day.

CPDRC As­sis­tant War­den Aud­esti Miguel con­firmed this, say­ing that the man­age­ment en­dorsed it to be lifted af­ter an eval­u­a­tion.

“For the greater good, we have made eval­u­a­tions to­gether with two other mem­bers of the CPDRC Team. We have dis­cussed it un­der the au­thor­ity of the good gover­nor so we have de­cided to get back the dalaw priv­i­leges of the in­mates,” he ex­plained when asked why the sus­pen­sion was lifted.

The priv­i­lege was sus­pended for three days af­ter a sur­prise search yielded il­le­gal drugs and cell­phones. Miguel said that in or­der for the sus­pen­sion to never hap­pen again, the in­mates should abide by the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the fa­cil­ity, es­pe­cially con­cern­ing con­tra­band.

How­ever, the priv­i­lege is still sus­pended for the in­mates in cells 26 and 98. A to­tal of six grams of sus­pected shabu were seized from these cells dur­ing the search.

Miguel also as­sured that high-pro­file CPDRC in­mate Greco Sanchez is safe as he is in iso­la­tion and not al­lowed to mix with the jail’s gen­eral pop­u­la­tion.

Last Wed­nes­day, for­mer board mem­ber Gigi Sanchez went to see the gover­nor and vice gover­nor to dis­cuss sev­eral mat­ters in­clud­ing her de­tained brother, Greco. She said she was wor­ried about her brother’s safety in­side the jail con­sid­er­ing that the other in­mates may blame Greco for the sus­pen­sion of the visi­ta­tion priv­i­leges.

Miguel as­sured Greco’s safety but added that there is no spe­cial treat­ment go­ing on in­side CPDRC.

“Mahi­rap yung al­most 3,600 kami but we’re tak­ing up mea­sures to en­sure their pro­tec­tion ng mga in­di­vid­ual in­mates. Not just for Greco but for the rest,” Miguel said.

CPDRC cur­rently has 3,579 in­mates, al­ready more than twice its ca­pac­ity of only 1,500 per­sons.

Cebu Vice Gover­nor Agnes Mag­pale said that Gigi was more con­cerned on the wel­fare of Greco’s chil­dren as both Greco and his part­ner, Mari­cel, are be­hind bars.

Mag­pale said that the prov­ince is giv­ing the chil­dren ses­sions with a psy­chol­o­gist through the Pro­vin­cial Women’s Com­mis­sion to process their ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Ang amo sa PWC is the best in­ter­est of the chil­dren. Since both Greco and Mari­cel are there (in jail), some­body has to take cus­tody of the chil­dren. Mao g’yud to ang unang ra­son nganong mid­uol si Gigi,” she ex­plained.

Another in­mate also in iso­la­tion is Joa­van Fer­nan­dez, the no­to­ri­ous son of for­mer Tal­isay City Mayor Socrates Fer­nan­dez. Both he and Greco were found with cell­phones dur­ing the search.

CPDRC as­sis­tant war­den Aud­esti Miguel talks to re­porters af­ter Cebu Gover­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III re­stored the in­mates' visi­ta­tion priv­i­leges.

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