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All Bilibid returnees will be processed by March – DOJ

Jan 15, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra approves the grace period on one condition: 'Make sure they are properly fed, they are properly accommodated, and they are safe'

BILIBID. Bayan Muna lawmakers visit the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOJ on aggrieved Bilibid returnees: They can sue us

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:35 PM

'By their own acts, naipit sila sa loob,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

NO CULPABILITY? DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra admits inadequate facilities in Bilibid but stops short of taking responsibility for the deaths of returnees. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Tao rin kami': Partner of Bilibid inmate decries 'traumatizing' strip search

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Jimmylisa Badayos asks the Commission on Human Rights to help end strip searches at the New Bilibid Prison, one of the many issues hounding the Bureau of Corrections

Jimmylisa Badayos wife of Calixto Vistal one of the NDF political prisoner along with Satur Ocampo and militant leaders show a copy of complaint affidavit they filed before the CHR on January, 5, 2020. Badayos a human rights activist file a complaint regarding strip search and cavity search against the NBP Maximum Security Compound. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fear of making decisions

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

There are irreparable costs

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

BuCor restores family visitation rights in Bilibid

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) Families can resume visiting inmates Wednesday, October 30

Inmates from Maximum Security compound converge outside their cells during an inspection of Bucor Director General Gerald Bantag and Chief of the Directorial Staff Major General Guillermo Eleazar at New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 28, 2019. Photo by Kd Madrilejos/Rappler

Agony continues for families shut out from Bilibid

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:45 PM

'Anong mangyayari sa loob? Hindi natin nakikita, kasi nandito tayo sa labas. Maawa naman si General Bantag. Iyong rasyon, parang pagkain ng aso,' says a convict's wife, whose last visit was October 4

Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security COmpound on Monday.

They spoke to dozens of jailed extremists, and here's what they learned

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The Philippines confines terrorists on trial away from other types of crime suspects. Filipino and Australian researchers say this approach might only intensify the inmates' extremism.

Suffer in prison? Palparan says he 'enjoys' Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'Hindi naman ako nahihirapan kasi mababait ang nakakulong dito,' says retired military general Jovito Palparan during his first morning at the national penitentiary

HAPPY IN JAIL. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No VIP treatment for Palparan in Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Kung kailangan niyang matulog sa karton, sa karton siya matulog,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa

'THE BUTCHER' IN BILIBID. Retired Major General Jovito Palparan shares a quarantine jail facility with 37 other convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

VIRAL: Heartwarming video of Cebu inmates singing 'Pagsubok' at grad rites

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

'It's never too late. As long as you have the grit, then everything will be possible,' says Consolacion Councilor Johannes Alegado, who posted the viral video on Facebook

Inmates from the Municipality of Consolacion in Cebu graduates from Alternative Learning System on August 20, 2018. Photo from Councilor Joannes Alegado

IN NUMBERS: The inmates of New Bilibid Prison

May 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Here's a snapshot of the Philippines' controversial national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

68 dead in Venezuela after jailbreak attempt sparks blaze

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The dead included two women thought to have been visiting the jail at the time of the incident

Inside Bilibid: Resurgence, resignation, 'recanting'

Jul 29, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says these developments only prove the transactional nature of the drug charges against her

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre wants SAF out of Bilibid as drug trade 'active again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Aguirre says he is closely watching the drug inmates they turned witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima amid this creeping resurgence of drug trading

File photo of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima hits DOJ's 'substantive outrages' in final plea to SC

Apr 18, 2017 - 1:55 PM

These various due process violations disregard of constitutional rights and violations of laws and procedure reveal a clear and unmistakable pattern of persecution Senator Leila de Lima tells the High Court in her memorandum

DETAINED SENATOR. Detained Senator Leila de Lima talks to reporters prior to her arrest in February 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gwen Garcia wants House probe into viral drug raid at Cebu jail

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 PM

House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says the Cebu provincial jail turned from epic jail to epic fail under Governor Hilario Davide III

DAVIDE'S FAULT? Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screengrab from

Duterte grants 19 more pardons, commutations

Mar 07, 2017 - 1:31 PM

UPDATED We are witnessing justice at work We see that reformation is an option says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the same day that the House of Representatives is set to pass the death penalty bill on final reading

DOJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II and NBP officals during the release thru pardon and commutation of sentence of inmates on March 7, 2017.

'I'm no liar' Aguirre stands by ambush claim

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Justice Secretary Aguirre provides photos to counter the denial of the Makati Police of his claim that the wife of an inmate who testified against Senator Leila de Lima was ambushed last week

Jamby Madrigal demands apology from Aguirre for 'malicious' allegation

Feb 24, 2017 - 10:35 AM

3rd UPDATE I hope Secretary Aguirre isn t losing his marbles He is not supposed to be in the business of peddling conspiracy theories much less engaging in character assassination says the former senator accused of bribing inmates to help Senator Leila de Lima

APOLOGY DEMAND. Former senator Jamby Madrigal says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II should be more discerning of the information he peddles to the public

Aguirre to BuCor legal chief: Explain unauthorized private practice

Feb 13, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The notice against Alvin Lim comes shortly after his memo on Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s alleged privileges for inmates was leaked to media

File photo of the Bureau of Corrections

134 inmates await Duterte clemency

Jan 03, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says they wanted to secure the release of the inmates before Christmas or New Year

CLEMENCY AWAITED. More than 130 inmates await executive clemency from President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Pope holds special Vatican Mass for 1,000 prisoners

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:50 PM

Certainly breaking the law involves paying the price and losing one s freedom is the worst part of serving time All the same hope must not falter says Pope Francis

Pope Francis leads a mass for the Jubilee of Inmates, on November 6, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. One thousand prisoners -- including some lifers -- take part in a special event at the Vatican this weekend, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers.  The prisoners from 12 countries will had yesterday the opportunity to confess and walk through the "Holy Door" at Saint Peter's Basilica, a Jubilee tradition by which Catholics can ask forgiveness for their sins. / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO

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

No more room in Cebu prison of dancing inmates

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The current population is at 3 008 more than double capacity of only 1 500 inmates

NO ROOM. The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) practice for a dance video last January 2016. Screengrab from Youtube

Consultant quits Cebu jail famous for dancing inmates

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:06 PM

Marco Toral is an ex inmate of the detention center who was supposed to serve a life sentence on drug charges He won an appeal on the verdict in 2009

DANCING INMATES. Filipino inmates perform during the visit of Burmese Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, at a prison facility in Cebu City, Philippines, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jay Rommel Labra/EPA

DOJ eyes maximum security prison on island

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says that for starters police commandos and Marines will man the security of the National Bilibid Prison

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

Decongest prisons to stop inmate criminality, VIP lifestyle – De Lima

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:39 PM

The 2014 raids on the national penitentiary yielded illegal drugs firearms and other banned items in the lavishly decorated cells of convicted drug lords

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Inside Bilibid, sports means life. And hope.

Apr 14, 2016 - 6:14 PM

It’s rather unusual that Cebu native Marlon Cabullon loves tennis more than basketball

Cardinal Tagle opens Holy Door in Manila City Jail

Mar 26, 2016 - 7:19 AM

We re all like Judas but we re all like Jesus too Cardinal Tagle says

SHEPHERD AND FLOCK. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle visits the residents of the Manila City Jail on Holy Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Photo by Roy Lagarde

Papal envoy to Cebu dancing inmates: 'Jesus was a prisoner'

Jan 27, 2016 - 7:43 AM

The inmates say they were moved to tears and overwhelmed as Archbishop Charles Maung Bo spoke to them after their two dance numbers

DANCING INMATES. Filipino inmates perform during the visit of Burmese Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, at a prison facility in Cebu City, Philippines, January 26, 2016. Photo by Jay Rommel Labra/EPA

IEC 2016: Pope's envoy to visit Cebu dancing inmates

Jan 25, 2016 - 4:23 PM

This comes as inmates release a special dance video for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City

Papal legate Myanmar Cardinal Charles Maung Bo celebrates the opening mass of the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Indonesia wants crocodile-guarded jail for drug offenders

Nov 09, 2015 - 10:08 PM

You can t bribe crocodiles You can t convince them to let inmates escape

Philippine crocodile, photo from Wikipedia

The wRap Indonesia: 4th economic stimulus, Sumatran elephants found dead

Oct 16, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a damning report on the treatment of Indonesia s death row inmates and new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp s statements ahead of his team s first game under his leadership

FOUND DEAD. Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia's Aceh province. AFP photo/Aceh Province Forest Protection Agecny/Awir Belo

[Executive Edge] The Filipino inmates' right to livelihood

Aug 04, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Karaw Craftventures helps inmates make a living while in prison in preparation for their reintegration into society

Presentation at Ateneo de Naga University

Bilibid building for high-profile inmates reopens

Jul 15, 2015 - 6:21 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says she wanted to completely disable the inmates from continuing with their illegal acts inside the prison compound

BUILDING 14. The newly renovated building of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City will have closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and signal jammers to prevent illegal acts within the cells. Rappler file photo

US Supreme Court backs use of controversial lethal injection drug

Jun 29, 2015 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED Voting 5 4 the Supreme Court says the plaintiffs – death row inmates in Oklahoma – failed to show that midazolam constituted a substantial risk of severe pain

Bribes to NBI? De Lima orders probe into Bilibid king’s claims

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:02 PM

A high profile kidnapping convict claims that search guards allow mobile phones inside the NBI facility for a fee

Could the next Philippine boxing great be found in prison?

May 19, 2015 - 5:01 PM

Boxing promoters are hoping to find the next boxing star when Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center hosts its first pro show this Saturday

PRISON FIGHT. Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center is known more for its Dancing Inmates, but Saturday will feature its Fighting Inmates. Photo from Facebook/Cebu Provincial Government

Should studying be required in jails?

Mar 13, 2015 - 1:44 PM

Yes officials say because studying keeps inmates away from vices and gives them a better chances in life when they get out

'BEST REFORMATORY PROGRAM.' There are two Alternative Learning System (ALS) schools inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo from the Department of Education

Faith by example: Herstory of bridging society

Mar 02, 2015 - 9:58 PM

Meet the woman who supports Muslim women inside the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong

WATCH: Cebu inmates dance number for Pope Francis

Jan 15, 2015 - 9:18 PM

Cebu may not be on Pope Francis itinerary but the famous dancing inmates pay tribute to the Pontiff in their special way

Tarlac inmates welcome Pope Francis: Don't forget us

Jan 13, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Inmates at the Tarlac provincial jail welcome Pope Francis ahead of his scheduled visit with an original song a dramatization of criminal rehabilitation and a prayer to speed up the resolution of their cases

AirAsia plane search, Bilibid probe, tax exemption | The wRap

Dec 29, 2014 - 9:05 PM

The search for the missing AirAsia plane continues The Justice secretary sacks more prison officials Some Filipino workers’ benefits are now tax exempt

Ex-cons start over at Prague's anti-prejudice cafe

Oct 25, 2014 - 12:11 PM

It s almost impossible to find a job with a criminal record Employers say no and don t want to listen to you

ANTI-PREJUDICE CAFE. This photo taken on September 26, 2014 in Prague shows Katerina Plhakova, founder of Dismas organization (2ndL) poses for a photo with her staff in Dismas Cafe. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Jailbreak in Yolanda-hit Leyte; inmates complain of 'lack of food'

Jan 30, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Police soon rounded up 147 of the 185 who escaped the provincial jail in the storm ravaged island of Leyte 38 remain at large

'LACK OF FOOD': Leyte inmates justify their escape, saying they're not getting enough food or shelter after Haiyan struck in November and ripped off much of the jail's roof

Inmates freed after marathon hearings in 5 cities

Jun 18, 2013 - 9:16 PM

Part of efforts to expedite the resolution of cases by trial courts and decongest jails

112th ANNIV. The Supreme Court holds the ‘Judgment Day’ to decongest prison cells and expedite decision-makings of trial courts. File Photo by Rappler

Prisoners to vote on election day

May 13, 2013 - 5:58 AM

Almost 44 000 prisoners all over the country will cast their vote after the Commission on Elections gave them permission

At least 50 dead in Venezuela prison riot: hospital

Jan 26, 2013 - 12:21 PM

Apart from those who were killed 90 other people were wounded in Uribana prison located in northwest Venezuela