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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

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

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

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

LOOK: P790,000 found at Manila City Jail raid

Sep 29, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The raid yields no illegal drugs but authorities discover cash-stuffed plastic containers in a sealed room

Members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Manila Police District and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducts Oplan Linis Piitan, formerly operation greyhound and oplan galugad, at the Manila City Jail on September 29, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Napoles to Sandiganbayan: BJMP’s greyhound team harassed me

Mar 23, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Napoles submits a BJMP incident report as part of the requirement to prove there is a need to move her to a safehouse

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

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

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

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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

Cebu jail raid: warden owns fighting cocks seized by cops?

Aug 13, 2016 - 10:28 PM

The early morning raids of the Cebu Provincial Detention Center and the Cebu City Jail yield P4 6 million in cash shabu and drug paraphernalia among others

2 Chinese nationals among 10 killed in Parañaque City jail blast

Aug 12, 2016 - 11:58 AM

UPDATED Most of the high profile inmates killed in the blast including the Chinese nationals have drug related cases

KILLED. Filipino funeral parlor workers carry a body of an inmate at a jail in Paranaque City, where an explosion killed 10 inmates. Photo by Francis Malasig, EPA

Quick fix for PH jails? Pardon sick, old prisoners – Recto

Aug 04, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto files a resolution seeking an inquiry into the worsening conditions of jails nationwide

PARDON. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to release sick, old, and dying prisoners to aid in the decongestion of the country's jails. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

538 Ilonggo inmates to cast votes in prison

May 08, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Some 459 male and 79 female inmates imprisoned in Iloilo City are allowed to vote for all national positions in the May 9 polls

Photo of inmate voting from Agence France-Presse

Overcrowding in PH prisons: Is tech the solution?

Apr 23, 2016 - 7:51 PM

For administrators wanting to solve the problems facing jails in the Philippines getting consistent and accurate information can often take months

Image courtesy of Raymund Amonoy

Delfin Lee asks SC to probe legality of jail transfer

Nov 03, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The detained property developer says allegations that he was enjoying special treatment at the Pampanga provincial jail were mere conjectures and hearsay

DETAINED. Property developer Delfin Lee faces charges of syndicated estafa. Photo courtesy of PNP-PIO

NPA seizes 2 jail guards, rescues comrade in Surigao del Sur

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Members of the New People s Army capture Security Officer 2 Juan Salazar and SO2 Feliciano Polan

PRECONDITIONS. Members of the New People's Army join consultations in Surigao del Sur. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Looking into the food system of PH inmates

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Nelson Mandela once said that no one knows a nation until one has been inside its jails What will the food system inside prisons and jails say about the Philippines?

Napoles moved to women's correctional

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:22 AM

The alleged pork barrel scam mastermind is moved to the women s prison early Thursday after the Sandiganbayan denies her request to stay at Camp Bagong Diwa

GUILTY. Janet Napoles is sentenced to life in prison for illegally detaining Benhur Luy. Photo from PNP-PIO

Cadets talk future of PNP, BJMP, BFP with Aquino

Mar 27, 2015 - 2:38 PM

In an hour long meeting with the President newly minted police fire and jail inspectors ask about his plans for the agencies they will be serving

President Benigno S. Aquino III speaks with newly-minted police, jail and fire bureau inspectors after the PNPA Class of 2015's graduation on March 26, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

'Justice for PNP SAF 44'

Jan 30, 2015 - 9:17 AM

The grief stricken uniformed service and the general public ask that justice be given to the 44 young men who died in a clash with the BIFF and MILF

HEROES’ WELCOME. An aerial view of the arrival of the remains of 42 of the 44 slain cops in the Maguindanao clash on January 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

IN PHOTOS: No VIP treatment in these detention centers

Dec 18, 2014 - 1:06 PM

The VIP treatment of jailed drug lords in the New Bilibid Prison unmasks the inequalities perpetrated in our penology system

Court rejects transfer of Jinggoy Estrada to regular jail

Sep 18, 2014 - 6:41 PM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan s Fifth Division cites security issues in its decision to keep the senator at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame

Court denies motion to move Bong Revilla to regular jail

Sep 04, 2014 - 2:41 PM

The Sandiganbayan s First Division says the senator may be moved to another detention facility at any time once state prosecutors provide cogent and substantive justifications for it

3 dead in Zambo del Norte jailbreak

Aug 30, 2014 - 10:52 AM

Authorities say all the escapees have been arrested following a joint manhunt operation by the PNP and the BJMP assisted by the AFP