Build new jails for inmates, PAO tells Metro mayors

By Julie M. Aurelio
Last updated 03:11am (Mla time) 07/12/2007

MANILA, Philippines – Citing the jails of Manila, Caloocan and Quezon City as among the most crowded in Metro Manila, a lawyers’ group yesterday called on mayors to build new prisons for their inmates.


The Public Attorneys Office appealed to mayors Alfredo Lim of Manila, Recom Echiverri of Caloocan and Feliciano Belmonte of Quezon City to take into consideration the sanitary conditions of their cramped jails.


“I will write to mayors Lim, Belmonte and Echiverri to ask them to please, build new city jails for their inmates. Some of them are already dying because of the very bad conditions,” PAO chief Persida Acosta told the Inquirer.


Acosta was accompanied by 35 lawyers and doctors from the National Bureau of Investigation during their visit to the Las Piñas City Jail yesterday to provide legal counseling and conduct medical checkups on its inmates.


The lawyers’ group, an attached agency of the Department of Justice, previously visited the city jails of Manila, Marikina, Caloocan, and Quezon City to campaign for the decongestion of the jails.


Acosta pointed out that some jails could regularly accommodate 800 to 900 inmates. However more than 1,000 inmates are cramped inside the Quezon City Jail, the PAO chief claimed.


“Some of them sleep in an upright or sitting position. They badly need the space,” Acosta said in a phone interview yesterday.


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