Philippine jails - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine jails


Supreme Court can't think 'far out the box' in releasing prisoners – Leonen

May 02, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'That would mean we will be ourselves be the first to violating certain constitutional rights if we do so,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

CONGESTED JAILS. Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security Compound. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

[OPINION] What PH jails should do to deal with the coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 1:56 PM

In order to help deal with COVID-19 in the Philippine correctional system, the authors identify 4 key areas that must be properly addressed by the Bureau of Corrections and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

Elderly correctional inmate tests positive for coronavirus

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:27 PM

(UPDATED) The female inmate is 72 years old, has pneumonia and has been transferred to the Sta Ana Hospital in Manila

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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)

Philippine jails are a COVID-19 time bomb

Apr 11, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Some 4,000 quarantine and curfew violators are detained in police lockups and are awaiting transfer to city jails

NAVOTAS CITY JAIL DETAINEES. The Philippines has the most crowded correctional system in the world.
File photograph: Rick Rocamora. This image appeared in Rocamora's 2018 photobook 'Human Wrongs,' a 6-year project that documented life inside Philippine detention centers.

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

[OPINION] Why am I not in favor of restorative justice

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:04 PM

'Let the punishment fit the crime. For this reason, I think that the death penalty should be restored, particularly for heinous crimes,' says Albert Lesaca

Inhumane, justice needed: Reactions to Philippine detention centers

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Our goal is to collect all these index cards and give them to the chairs of the justice committee of the Senate and House so that they too can read and feel the silent voice of our citizens, asking for solutions to the inhumane conditions of our penology infrastructure

Bursting at the seams: Philippine detention centers

Mar 03, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Detainees face inhumane punishment even before they are convicted of a crime

JAIL OVERCROWDING. Overcrowded jails in the Philippines are not uncommon. Photo by Rick Rocamora

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

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

China pledges funds to decongest Philippine jail – gov't

Dec 14, 2016 - 7:55 PM

The Philippines jail chief says China offered to donate P700 million for detention facilities

OVERCROWDED. Inmates rest in their sleeping quarters inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila in this picture taken on July 18, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

First step to freedom: Quezon City inmates graduate from high school

Jul 06, 2015 - 7:59 PM

The city government has adopted the education department s Alternative Learning System to prevent recidivism among inmates

Why anomalies happen in Bilibid

Dec 19, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Inmates and prison officers affected by these calls for heads to roll understand that this is part of the collateral damage that they have to endure It is the cost of doing business

Now showing at Camp Crame

Jun 20, 2014 - 10:26 PM

Welcome to the circus – and it isn t over yet

Rappler Newscast | June 20, 2014

Jun 20, 2014 - 8:19 PM

Senator Revilla is now in jail The Sandiganbayan grants the Napoles children bail Google takes down a blog targeting Filipinos in Singapore

Crame or regular jail? Jinggoy ready for both

Jun 16, 2014 - 8:23 PM

But the senator who faces the non bailable charge of plunder won t go down without a fight He says his camp will file a motion for bail

WORK CONTINUES. Welders continue to work outside the possible quarters of the accused in the pork barrel scam. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

4 dead, 15 injured as PH police storm jail to quell riot

May 07, 2014 - 5:55 PM

The disturbance at Lucena City jail is triggered by officials plan to transfer the leader of a prison gang into another cell block

Bandit suspect, 10 others bolt jail

Jul 10, 2012 - 12:58 PM

A high profile bandit in central Mindanao and 10 others escaped from a jail in Cotabato

3 killed, 15 wounded in jail attack

Feb 20, 2012 - 9:30 AM

Armed men attempted to rescue a gang leader