MEDICALPAROLE

De­tained Sen­a­tor Leila De Lima filed Se­nate Bill (SB) 2084 grant­ing “com­pas­sion­ate pa­role” to in­mates qual­i­fied based on hu­man­i­tar­ian or med­i­cal grounds

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Manila- De­tained Sen­a­tor Leila De Lima has filed Se­nate Bill (SB) 2084, grant­ing med­i­cal pa­role, or “com­pas­sion­ate pa­role,” to in­mates qual­i­fied based on hu­man­i­tar­ian or med­i­cal grounds.

De Lima said ter­mi­nally-ill in­mates should be granted med­i­cal pa­role to al­low them to have bet­ter med­i­cal care out­side the de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

She added that the pa­role would give sick in­mates the op­por­tu­nity to serve their sen­tence un­der their fam­i­lies’ care.

“The grant of med­i­cal pa­role pre­sup­poses that the con­di­tional re­lease of pris­oner will not con­sti­tute a threat to the safety of the so­ci­ety,” De Lima, chair­per­son of Se­nate com­mit­tee on so­cial jus­tice, wel­fare and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, said.

“This bill is meant to al­low pris­on­ers to serve out their sen­tence un­der the care of their fam­i­lies or seek bet­ter med­i­cal care out­side the cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties,” she added.

Un­der SB 2084, med­i­cal pa­role is re­ferred to as “con­di­tional re­lease of a pris­oner from a cor­rec­tional in­sti­tu­tion on the ground that he is suf­fer­ing from a ter­mi­nal ill­ness or an in­ca­pac­ity that ren­ders him in­ca­pable of man­ag­ing his own af­fairs.”

De Lima said the mea­sure would ra­tio­nal­ize the cor­rec­tional prac­tice by al­low­ing the con­dit­tional re­lease of per­ma­nently-in­ca­pable pris­on­ers.

SB 2084, or the pro­posed Med­i­cal Pa­role Act, seeks to pro­vide for a hu­mane treat­ment of de­tainees who are in­ca­pable of serv­ing their sen­tences within the cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties be­cause of their med­i­cal con­di­tions.

Un­der the pro­posed mea­sure, the grant of med­i­cal pa­role may be op­posed, de­pend­ing on the sever­ity of the in­mate’s ill­ness.

The in­mate’s con­di­tional re­lease can also be rejected, if is con­sid­ered a threat to pub­lic safety or the in­mate is likely to com­mit an of­fense while on med­i­cal pa­role.

PHOTO BY MARK PERAN­DOS

GOOD MOTORIST. Fol­low­ing traf­fic rules, this pub­lic util­ity van loads and un­loads pas­sen­gers within the des­ig­nated area out­side Ra­mon Magsaysay Park, Davao City.

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