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517 prisoners in BJMP facilities positive for coronavirus

May 26, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Cebu City Jail is among the worst–hit prison facilities

BADLY HIT. The Cebu City Jail is among the worst–hit prison facilities in the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

LOOK: In Batangas, isolation facility for inmates is outside prison

May 23, 2020 - 7:26 PM

There are 20 rooms for male prisoners and 20 rooms for female prisoners

ISOLATION FACILITY. DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo looks at an isolation secured with iron bars to house persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the The Batangas Provincial Isolation Facility located at Brgy Malainin, Ibaan, Batangas. Photo from DOH Calabarzon Press Release

TIMELINE: The bid to release low-risk, sick, elderly prisoners in PH

Apr 28, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Time is running out as the government decides whether or not to release eligible persons deprived of liberty, given the pandemic

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

4 recoveries of 229 jail coronavirus cases all personnel – BJMP

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:32 PM

Aside from the Quezon City Jail, personnel from Caloocan, Marikina, Pasay and Mandaluyong jails also test positive

The Cebu City Jail in Barangay Kalunasan has 185 cases of coronavirus among prisoners as of April 27, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

9 coronavirus-stricken Quezon City Jail inmates show 'positive progress'

Apr 19, 2020 - 4:20 PM

The 9 jail personnel who also contracted the coronavirus are 'receiving proper medical attention,' adds the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

QUARANTINE. Parts of the Quezon City Jail are under strict quarantine after 9 inmates from the jail tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo from BJMP

With GCTA suspended, low-risk convicts stranded in BJMP facilities

Apr 18, 2020 - 5:51 PM

This means that low-risk convicts, who are clearly convicted of non-heinous crimes, cannot avail of early freedoms even as the pandemic threatens Philippine jails

SLEEPING. Some PDLs find any spot to sleep inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

'Takot na takot kami': While government stalls, coronavirus breaks into PH jails

Apr 18, 2020 - 1:01 PM

Like the prisoners, their families also feel trapped with nowhere to go. Their fear is compounded by the agonizing wait for the Duterte government's action.

In this photo taken on March 27, 2020, prison inmates lie to sleep at the crowded courtyard of the Quezon City jail in Manila. - UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to protect people held in overcrowded prisons and other enclosed facilities by releasing vulnerable detainees, saying COVID-19 "risks rampaging through such institutions". (Photo by Maria TAN / AFP)

[PODCAST] Coronavirus: Bakit kailangang palayain ang mga low-risk, may sakit, elderly prisoners?

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Ano ang hakbang na dapat gawin upang masiguradong maayos ang proseso kung ito'y matutuloy?

21 detainees in isolation, swabbed for coronavirus – BJMP

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:43 PM

The 21 detainees are not exhibiting symptoms but came in contact with a detainee whose death is suspected to be related to the coronavirus

JAILS AMID PANDEMIC. Persons Deprived of Liberty wears face mask as precautionary measures against the COVID-19 inside the Manila City Jail on MArch 10, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

BJMP supports temporary release of prisoners, but only by court order

Apr 13, 2020 - 3:01 PM

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology backs jail decongestion as an 'effective response' to the coronavirus pandemic, but says it cannot release prisoners without a court order

JAILS AMID PANDEMIC. A Person Deprived of Liberty (PDL) waits for his turn for a video call inside the Manila City Jail as a precautionary measures from COVID-19 on March 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

BJMP builds coronavirus isolation facility

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The move comes after a former prisoner died of acute heart ailment and with suspected coronavirus infection

SOLATION FACILITY. The 48-bed isolation facility in the BJMP’s new Quezon City Jail site in Payatas, which will serve entire Metro Manila region, has received 17 PUI detainees yesterday, the first day of operations. Photo from the International Committee of the Red Cross

BJMP: Risk of repeat offenses an issue vs prisoners' release amid pandemic

Apr 08, 2020 - 4:51 PM

'One of the issues here is actually on how to present strong evidence to convince the court that those who will be released…will not endanger the public,' says Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Spokesperson Xavier Solda

JAILS. The BJMP implements a "no mask no entry" policy for visitors of inmates at the Manila City Jail on March 10, 2020, as part of their initiative to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

KAPATID calls for mass testing of prisoners in congested facilities

Mar 23, 2020 - 6:38 PM

KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim says it 'stretches the imagination' how congested prison system like the Philippines can be kept 100% safe when basic hygiene essentials are lacking

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

KAPATID appeals for release of low-level offenders, elderly, sick prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:59 AM

'This is not only an urgent matter of life and death but also of justice,' KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim writes in an open letter to the Duterte administration

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Metro Manila jail visits suspended indefinitely amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Thousands of inmates cannot be visited by family and friends amid the novel coronavirus outbreak

SUSPENSION. The BJMP implements a "no mask no entry" policy for visitors of inmates at the Manila City Jail on March 10, 2020, as part of their initiative to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ probes Bantag's booting out BuCor staff for favored BJMP aides

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Wala pa kaming definitive action as to whether ibabalik ba namin 'yung mga inalis nya or hayaan lang namin,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUCOR CHIEF. Bureua of Corrections Director Gen Gerald Bantag shows NCRPO Chief PMajor Gen Guillermo Eleazar around the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the facility in Muntinlupa City on Monday, October 7, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: How PH's best jail officers improve life in prison

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:08 PM

In overcrowded jails, these officers make their inmates' problems their own

EXEMPLARY SERVICE. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology awarded jail officers from all around the country for their exemplary performance in providing services to inmates and their families. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

HIV an emerging concern in Central Visayas jails – BJMP

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:14 PM

'The estimated global HIV prevalence among prisoners is 3%, in some settings the HIV prevalence in prisons is 15 times higher than in the general population,' says the World Health Organization

STATE OF PRISON HEALTH. BJMP national headquarters medical officer Paul Borlongan says HIV is an emerging concern in Region VII or Central Visayas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Cops, fire, jail personnel on full alert for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'Criminals do not rest, so the DILG and its attached agencies must not rest as well,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has raised the alert status of the agencies

HOLY WEEK DRILL. Members of the Manila Police District participate in a drill in Intramuros, Manila, on April 4, 2019, in preparation for Holy Week. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Drug test surprises BJMP officials on new jail chief's first day

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

BJMP officials undergo on-the-spot drug test on Day 1 of their new officer-in-charge Allan Iral, who used to head the Davao City Jail

FIRST IN LINE. New BJMP officer-in-charge Allan Iral (center) leads jail officials in getting tested for drugs. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Former Davao City Jail warden is PH's new jail chief

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:18 PM

New BJMP officer-in-charge Allan Iral worked with President Rodrigo Duterte when he was mayor of Davao City

NEW JAILS CHIEF. Allan Iral was Davao City jail warden when President Rodrigo Duterte was a mayor. BJMP photo

WATCH: Why Ampatuan was allowed to leave jail

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Ampatuan is captured on video waltzing with his daughter Kristina at her wedding reception on Tuesday, August 21

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Ampatuan massacre suspect Zaldy Ampatuan dancing with his daughter during her wedding on August 21, 2018. Photo by Tawi-Tawi Rep Ruby Sahali

Inmates survive by joining gangs as jails now 612% congested

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Commission on Audit, in its report on the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, says inmates 'hold on to gangs' for protection, social support, and access to 'material benefits'

Policemen from the Manila Police District, BJMP and PDEA conduct a massive Greyhound operations (Oplan Galugad) at the Manila City Jail on June 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Conclusion: Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A holistic solution is necessary. There is a need to address the problems of overcrowding, the lack of qualified personnel, and the inadequacy of resources.

Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Being a BuCor chief, and with your closeness to the President, you will be in the best position to advocate for small regional prisons

9 Abu Sayyaf, Maute inmates moved from Davao to Taguig

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The inmates face various charges, including terrorism, multiple murder, and kidnapping with homicide

Faeldon gets 'no special treatment' in jail – BJMP

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is transferred from the Senate to the Pasay City Jail, while his petition remains pending before the Supreme Court

TRANSFERRED. Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is escorted by police and Senate security during his transfer to the Pasay City Jail on January 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2 jail officers, 2 suspects dead in Muntinlupa shootout

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:57 PM

A guard of the New Bilibid Prison has been held by police as a 'person of interest' for being spotted at the scene carrying firearms and wearing civilian clothes

Duterte confers Order of Lapu-Lapu to 104 PNP, BFP, BJMP personnel

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Out of the 104, 99 are cops who where deployed to Marawi

RECOGNITION. Duterte marches for the PNP's service anniversary. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

72 Marawi jail escapees still on the loose, says BJMP

Oct 29, 2017 - 7:02 AM

'We are urging them to surrender to the Philippine National Police or the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology for continuing detention,' BJMP spokesperson Senior Jail Inspector Xavier Solda says

MARAWI CITY JAIL. The city jail was the first casualty of the Marawi siege. Rappler file photo

IN PHOTOS: BJMP destroys 4,400 contraband items seized from jails

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The BJMP destroys items seized from Metro Manila jails

CRUSHED. Electronics were put under a road roller. All photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte wants TV sets in all Camp Bagong Diwa jail cells

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:00 PM

High-profile inmates like Janet Lim Napoles and Farhana Maute may soon enjoy a television set in their cells, care of the President himself

President Rodrigo Duterte talks to inmates during his visit inside the detention facility of the BJMP at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Palace endorses DBM resolution on pay hike for police, soldiers

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A Police Officer 1 can enjoy a 100% increase – from the current P14,834 base pay to P29,668 – should the resolution be signed by both houses of Congress

SALUTE. In this file photo, President Duterte visits the wake of slain Captain Clinton Capio at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacañang

Father of Maute brothers dies due to health reasons – BJMP

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:25 PM

3rd UPDATE The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology says the Maute patriarch died after his blood pressure shot up and he had difficulty breathing

DEAD. Cayamora Maute after his arrest on June 6, 2017 in Davao City.

As BJMP celebrates 26th year, jails continue to burst

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Philippine prisons are now 589 overcrowded according to latest data from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 26th anniversary celebration of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2017, assures the personnel of BJMP that they will have their salaries increased next to the military and police. Malacañan Photo

Inmates freed from congestion in new Bohol jail

Jun 20, 2017 - 10:14 AM

The old district jail in Ubay town used to pack 168 inmates in a space meant for only 23 people

SPACIOUS. The new Ubay District Jail does not only reduce congestion, but also provides extra space for prison rehabilitation activities. Photo courtesy of BJMP

PH jail congestion rate soars to over 500% amid drug war

Jun 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Philippine jails have a total holding capacity of only 20 746 but now accommodate 126 946 inmates

OVERCROWDED. The maximum security compound of the NBP is overcrowded, housing over 16,000 inmates when it can accommodate only 6,000. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

5 escape from Oriental Mindoro jail

May 28, 2017 - 12:29 PM

5 detainees – wanted for different crimes – escape the Naujan town jail

DILG confirms 2 Marawi jailbreaks freeing 107 inmates

May 24, 2017 - 9:46 PM

At least 50 men break into two prisons in the evening of the clash between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City Lanao del Sur

Ex-VP Binay pushes for integrated Metro Manila jail

May 10, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The former official revives the 2015 proposal of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology to solve the problem of jail congestion in the National Capital Region

THE SCRUM. There were weeks during the campaign when it was difficult for reporters to catch Binay for an interview. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa's son Rock among new PNPA cadets

May 01, 2017 - 1:45 PM

350 young men and women including the son of the country s top cop enter the Philippine National Police Academy

WELCOME PLEBOS. Fourth class cadets – members of the Class of 2021 – officially join the PNPA. Photo Bea Cupin/Rappler

Duterte 'misinformed' about me – Sueno

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Former interior secretary Ismael Sueno gives a summary of his response to corruption allegations with the heading 3 DILG Usecs conspired and misled President Duterte to summarily dismiss an innocent DILG secretary

FORMER CHIEF. Ismael Sueno gets a send-off from department employees on Thursday, April 6. Rappler photo

News Briefs: March 28, 2017

Mar 28, 2017 - 9:50 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday March 28

50 recaptured, over 100 still on the run in PH's biggest jailbreak

Jan 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED The BJMP says 13 high value targets – 7 Muslim rebels and 6 organized crime gang members – were not among the 158 inmates who bolted a North Cotabato jail

RECAPTURED. A photo of some of the recaptured inmates from the North Cotabato District Jail jailbreak. Photo from Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Over 100 inmates escape in Kidapawan jail attack

Jan 04, 2017 - 8:10 AM

UPDATED At least one jail personnel is killed during the attack

The North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan City. Photo courtesy of BJMP Community Relations Service Office

House panel wants to reimpose death penalty for drug cases

Oct 18, 2016 - 6:38 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee wants to put the BuCor and the BJMP under a single department for the rationalization of the jail management system

RECOMMENDATIONS. National Bureau of Investigation operatives round up inmates inside the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the compound on December 15, 2014. File photo by AFP

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Oct 13, 2016 - 9:44 PM

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Jail gang holds ‘noise barrage’ vs anti-illegal drugs policy

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:34 PM

UPDATED Some 200 inmates stage a noise barrage at the Manila City Jail over a new jail policy to segregate drug suspects from other inmates

NOISE BARRAGE. Inmates belonging to Batang City Jail call for help as they take cover on the roof after policemen and jail guards violently pacify their noise barrage inside the Manila City Jail, Quiapo, Manila against the jail warden Supt. Gerald Bantag. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Disbursement of Makati City Jail inmates' food allowance 'questionable' – COA

Sep 18, 2016 - 3:57 PM

The Commission on Audit says the decision to make payment of reimbursement to the Makati City Jail warden casts doubts on the propriety of utilization of the budget

Top drug suspect in Zamboanga del Norte shot dead on his way to court

Aug 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

At the meeting of the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council last August 9 the PDEA complained that RG Guico continued to transact business despite being in jail

Zamboanga Hall of Justice Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler