jails in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on jails in the Philippines


745 prisoners, 125 personnel in Philippine jails test positive for coronavirus

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Despite the rise, the Supreme Court is yet to act on a petition for a humanitarian mass release of prisoners

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

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

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

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

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

Philippine detention centers and the price of criminal justice

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Factoring in the social costs of jail congestion, the price of criminal justice goes well beyond P165 billion – these are inestimable costs that no amount of pecuniary disbursement can ever recompense

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

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

Explaining the PNP secret detention cell

May 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM

This is my first time after doing research in this area for the past 22 years to have heard of such secret medieval age type of cells

Manila police chief offers 'free' jail accommodation to media, CHR

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Para malaman lang Ang hirap talaga ng kalagayan nila says police general Joel Coronel referring to conditions in most jails

MPD CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel handles yet another controversy in the MPD. File photo by Carlo Gabuco

Marine general Balutan to head Bureau of Corrections

Jul 14, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The Marine officer who testified against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be supervising the national prison

Prison reform: The only unity we need

Jun 30, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Much as I hate to say it I think Senator Bong Revilla has a right to complain about jail conditions

Revilla detained at Camp Crame custodial center

Jun 20, 2014 - 1:11 PM

7th UPDATE Senator Revilla is the first lawmaker to be detained in the wake of the pork barrel scam


2 Negros fugitives recaptured

Apr 19, 2013 - 6:16 PM

Two of the 13 inmates who bolted a jail in Negros Occidental were recaptured April 19

Negros Occidental provincial police officer-in-charge Senior Supt Ricardo de la Paz