PNP says re­lease of 11,000 in­mates not a se­cu­rity con­cern

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories -

PHILIP­PINE Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) spokesper­son Bri­gadier Gen­eral Bernard Banac said on Thurs­day, Au­gust 22, that the im­pend­ing re­lease of around 11,000 in­mates from the Na­tional Bili­bid Prison (NBP) is not con­sid­ered a na­tional se­cu­rity con­cern.

“Well, af­ter hav­ing served their time sa correction­s nanini­wala tayo na hindi na­man sila se­cu­rity threat sa ko­mu­nidad pero pag may kri­men ulit na mang­yari at ma-in­volved sila we will en­force the law and make ar­rest def­i­nitely. Sino man ang gagawa ng kri­men ay da­pat ma­panagot sa batas whether sila gal­ing sa correction­s or or­di­nary cit­i­zens pag may ni­l­abag na batas ay man­anagot sa batas,” he said.

(They are not con­sid­ered a se­cu­rity threat, but if they get in­volved again in a crime, we will have to en­force the law and def­i­nitely make an ar­rest. Who­ever com­mits a crime has to an­swer for it.)

“’Yun talaga ang pur­pose kaya they served time doon sa Bureau of Correction­s (‘yung mag­bago sila) bi­lang ba­hagi ng at­ing crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem nanini­wala tayo na af­ter serv­ing their time, may pag­babago na na­ganap sa kani­lang buhay at na-i-serve na nila ang kani­lang pun­ish­ment,” he added.

Banac said through the com­mu­nity, the govern­ment will be able to some­how mon­i­tor the for­mer in­mates par­tic­u­larly when they get in­volved again in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ear­lier, Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Gue­varra said 11,000 in­mates will be re­leased in the next two months be­cause of a new law in­creas­ing good con­duct time al­lowance (GCTA) and a Supreme Court (SC) de­ci­sion ap­ply­ing the same law retroac­tively.

Among those who are qual­i­fied to be re­leased is for­mer Calauan, La­guna mayor An­to­nio Sanchez, who was con­victed of the 1993 rape and mur­der of Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Los Baños stu­dent Eileen Sar­menta and the killing of Sar­menta’s boyfriend Al­lan Gomez.

Sanchez was sen­tenced to seven counts of reclu­sion per­petua.

His pos­si­ble re­lease has sparked pub­lic out­rage and is be­ing ques­tioned by the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.

Con­tra­band, in­clud­ing sus­pected il­le­gal drugs, were seized in Sanchez’s de­ten­tion cell dur­ing var­i­ous raids at the NBP max­i­mum se­cu­rity com­pound./ Suns­tar Philip­pines

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.