By Glen S. Ramos

Republic Act No. (RA) 11928 or the “Heinous Crime Facility” mandates the state to establish an isolated prison like the famous Alcatraz prison for offenders of heinous crimes 

MANILA — The Philippines may soon establish an “Alcatraz” type of prison for offenders of heinous crimes.

This was made possible as the bill seeking to establish a separate facility for heinous crime convicts has lapsed into law last July 30, 2022 without the signature of then President Rodrigo Duterte.

Republic Act No. (RA) 11928 or the “Heinous Crime Facility” law shall be a state-of-the-art facility with surveillance cameras, latest information and security system capable of 24/7 monitoring of prisoners, and enhanced and extensive security features on locks, doors, and its perimeters.

The separate facility will be located in a “secured and isolated place” to prevent unwarranted contact or communication with the outside.

RA 11928 further states that three facilities for high-level offenders, or those who had been convicted of reclusion perpetua, shall be erected in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, respectively.

Other bills that have lapsed into law include the measure penalizing willful and indiscriminate discharge of firearms; Sicogon Island Wildlife and Sanctuary Act; the measure creating the Metropolitan Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay Development Authority; Radio City Telephone Company Inc. franchise; Baliwag City charter; Philippine Digital Workforce Competitiveness Act; local measures related to Barangay Naibuan, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Barangay Poblacion B, M’lang, South Cotabato; Barangay Tulalian, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte; Barangay Tagukon, Kabankalan CIty, Negros Occidental; Barangay Songkoy, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte; Barangay Pangaylan-Ip, Santiago, Agusan del Norte; Barangay Panacan-2, Narra, Palawan; Barangay Crossing, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte; Barangay Batucan in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur; More Electric and Power Corporation franchise; Private Security Services Industry Act; and the bill increasing the social pension of indigent senior citizens.

Other bills that lapsed into law are the National Music Competition for Young Artists Act; and Provincial Science and Technology Office Act; National Youth Day Act; the bill establishing a multi-species matine hatchery in Bagac, Bataan; the bill establishing a mangrove crab hatchery in Barangay Geratag, San Jose, Northern Samar; Summer Youth Camp Acy; Permanent Validity of the Certificates of Live Birth, Death and Marriage Act; Parent Effectiveness Service Program Act; Oro Broadcasting Network Inc. franchise; the Philippine Creative Industries Development Act; bills creating barangay Doña Maxima in San Luis, Agusan del Sur and the barangays Acma-Mariano Badelles Sr., San Roque, Luinab, Upper Hinaplanon and Ulbado Laya, Iligan province; the Agriculture Fisheries and Rural Development Financing Enhancement Act of 2022; the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Products Regulation Act; the Second Congressional Commission on Education Act; Extended Producer Responsibility Act of 2022; National Baptist Day Act; the bill dividing Barangay Muzon in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan into four independent barangays; the measure establishing a multi-species marine hatchery in Tibiao, Antique, the Unicorn Communications Corporation Telcommunications franchise; and the measure converting the Land Transportation Office extension office in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija into a regular district office.

The 1987 Constitution provides a president 30 days to sign or veto a bill. If it won’t be acted upon within the said period, it will lapse into law. (ai/mtvn)

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