By Liza Soriano
A sorry state of Philippine jails (Al Jazeera photo courtesy)
MANILA — Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) supported the move of Senator Robin Padilla to regionalize jails to uphold the rights of persons deprived of liberty (PDLs).
DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. said regionalization will solve many problems involving PDLs, including addressing the problem of overcrowding and visitations by loved ones.
“It will solve a lot of things dahil kung regionalized ito. Importante sa rehab therapy at nadadalaw ka. Ako naniniwala sa panukalang ito at susuportahan po namin ito,” Abalos said.
Prior to that, Padilla mentioned that Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla had also expressed support for it and that he would work with the local government units to pursue it in order to relieve the jails’ overcrowding.
Earlier, Padilla introduced Senate Bill 235, which would regionalize New Bilibid Prison and other prison farms across the country, ease congestion, and permit visitors to visit prisoners.
In the meantime, Padilla received assurances from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology that they respect the rights of PDLs of various religions, including the assurance they are not served with pork viands as these are prohibited for Muslims. (ai/mtvn)