Kawawa naman sila! De Lima asks Gordon to prioritize probe on jail congestion


Senator Leila de Lima sent Senator Richard Gordon a letter requesting probe on the problem congestion in the Philippine jails and penitentiaries.

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De Lima said its “utmost attention and priority” since inmates in jails are under "unspeakable, uncivilized, and inhumane condition."

“This extreme overcrowding of prisoners in jails breeds a number of severe problems in jail management, including illness and poor hygiene among inmates, substandard sleeping accommodation, lack of food provision, among others," De Lima said.

"There is likewise a steady source of tension and hostility among prisoners who are cramped into congested cell areas. Most gang wars erupt despite the presence of jail guards who often lack professional trainings," she added.

According to De Lima, they are still human beings “who deserve to enjoy the basic rights to live decently and with dignity.”

"Such appalling image depicts the deplorable state of jail and penitentiaries where prisoners suffer more severe penalty of horrific and barbaric living condition than the actual penalty that is supposed to be meted out for crimes they have committed," she said.

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