By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima urged the government to address the perennial and decades-old problem of severe congestion in the country’s jails and prisons, which she considers as the root cause of the pressing problems in Philippine penitentiary.
De Lima made the call following the reported death of six (6) and wounding of 33 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) in a riot that broke out in Caloocan City Jail last Jan. 11, which alarmingly happened just a week after three (3) PDLs were also killed in a riot in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“As I keep on saying, severe congestion is the root cause of many ills and problems, including prison-based criminality, in our detention and correctional facilities. Added to that are the decrepit facilities and lack of adequate food and basic needs which are sure recipe for chaos, occasional restlessness and mental health problems,” she said. (AI/MTVN)