Calabarzon police targets to address jail congestion in 2018

UNTV News   •   December 29, 2017   •   4728

MANILA, Philippines – The number of detainees who died in the prisons of Region 4-A has climbed to 172 this year.

The Calabarzon Police said the deaths were due to contraction of various diseases like tuberculosis and respiratory problems because of too much congestion.

Aside from this, the inmates also contracted various skin diseases due to poor ventilation in prison cells.

With this, the Calabarzon police hope to address its problem on jail congestion in Region 4-A in 2018.

“They have a program to build more facilities that would improve the detention facilities. Hopefully next year, we can start the plan,” PRO-4A PIO Chief P/Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran said.

According to Police Regional Office 4A PIO Chief P/Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran, they have already brought up the problem to local government officials.

“The Regional Director also held a meeting to hasten the process of the commitment order… to transfer them to the BJMP,” Gaoiran said.

Aside from the PNP detention facilities, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) prison facilities are also congested. – Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

Hotline 911, now for free; prank callers to face jail time – DILG

Maris Federez   •   August 9, 2019

The public can now make emergency calls to Hotline 911 anywhere in the country for free.

Department of the Interior and Local Government spokesperson, Usec. Jonathan Malaya, said anyone can now easily get connected with concerned government agencies for help.  

“Ginawa kasi nating libre ito para hindi maging sagabal yung walang load para sa ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan ng emergency response [We made this for free so we there will never be anymore hindrance for our fellowmen who need emergency response],” Malaya said.

Malaya added that after the call, the caller can expect a 5 to 7-minute response time from the authorities, in accordance with the President’s directive to strengthen the emergency hotline.

The hotline links to all police districts, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Malaya, however, warns the public that prank calls on Hotline 911 will be meted out with not more than Php40,000 fines or jail time of not more than five years.

“So kung kayo po ay matimingan na ganun ay pasensyahan tayo, we will prosecute those who are utilizing 911 to do prank calls kasi may batas naman po na pwedeng gamitin ng DILG for that So if we caught you making prank calls to 911, we will prosecute you. There is a law that the DILG can use for that],” Malaya said.

Based on DILG data, 15% of calls received in Hotline 911 from January to June this year are dropped and prank calls. (with details from Grace Casin) /mbmf

Jail congestion rate in NCR at 608% – BJMP Chief

Marje Pelayo   •   April 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) is alarmed by the growing number of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) in jail facilities across the National Capital Region (NCR) after the current congestion rate clocked in at 608 percent.

“Ang congestion rate in NCR malaki na. 608 po ang NCR, out of the 442 out of the nationwide average so mataas nang bahagya, (The congestion rate in the National Capital Region is 608%, slightly higher than 442% average nationwide),” BJMP day officer-in-charge, Jail Chief Supt. Allan Iral told reporters in a press briefing at the BJMP Headquarters in Quezon City on Tuesday (April 9).

The official noted that the Manila City Jail and the Quezon City Jail are the most populated facilities in the NCR.

The Manila City Jail is currently housing 5,731 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) in a facility that has a capacity of only 1,200 PDLs.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Jail is in the same quandary with 5,236 PDLs squeezing in to fit the facility that was designed for 800 to 900 PDLs only.

To address the issue, Iral noted the creation of a National Project Monitoring Team to fast-track the construction of jail facilities.

“Kaya po may creation ng national project monitoring team. Sila na mag-eensure na dapat yung project [ay] gagawin lalo na sa construction ng facilities (That’s why a national monitoring team is created. It is to ensure that construction of jail facilities pushes through),” Iral said.

“Pag sinabi sa contract na one year tapos yung building dapat within one year ma-turnover sa amin, (If the contract states the project should be completed in one year, the building must be turned over to us in one year),” he added.

The official expects that once the projects are completed, jail congestion rate nationwide will be reduced by 200 percent.

Iral noted that two jail facilities are now under construction, one in San Juan City and another in Payatas, Quezon City.

These would help reduce jail congestion rate in Metro Manila.

The facility in San Juan City is expected to be completed next year while the one in Quezon City may be finished in 2021. – Marje Pelayo

Police deny torture of Atty. Chong’s aide Richard Red Santillan

Marje Pelayo   •   December 19, 2018


(L-R) Atty. Glenn Chong and Richard Santillan. | Courtesy: Glen Chong FB account

LAGUNA, Philippines – The Calabarzon Police has denied the alleged torture of Richard Red Santillan, the bodyguard of election lawyer Atty. Glen Chong.

According to a police report, Santillan was a member of an organized crime group and the subject of a police operation that resulted in his death on December 10 in Cainta, Rizal.

Calabarzon Police Regional Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza said, Chong’s claim of torture was a “serious allegation.”

“We will not let this allegation stain the credibility of the members of the police Calabarzon. We would like to clarify the accusations of Atty. Glenn Chong that Richard Santillan was tortured and that this person is not related in any form of illegal activities,” Carranza argued.

The PNP Crime Laboratory in Rizal explained that based on the autopsy conducted on Santillan’s body, there were no signs of bruises much less of torture.

“Makikita po rito ang mga injuries nan a-sustain sa harap at sa likod  walang mga pasa. Doon sa paa na natanggal daw ang kuko, iyon po ay grace gunshot wound. It is injury sustained nang tumama ang bala sa hinlalake sa kanan. Hindi naman po talaga tinanggal iyon,’ explained Rizal Crime Lab Chief PSupt. Pierre Paul Carpio.

Also, based on the intelligence report from the Police Regional Office-4A, Santillan was in a relationship with Gessamyn Casing whose cousin is the leader of the so-called “highway boys” gang.

During the press briefing on Tuesday (December 18) at Camp Vicente Lim, the PNP presented a diagram that shows Santillan’s links to an organized carnapping group.

Casing and Santillan were both killed in the incident.

But Atty, Chong insists that his aide had never been involved in any criminal activity.

“Puro kasinungalingan iyan. I’m sure about that because I also have my own evidence. Sabi mo na si Richard Santillan carnapper. Kaninong sasakyan ang na-carnap? Sabi nila holdaper, sinong nabiktima? Announce the name, date, place and time. Ipakita ninyo. At iyong ipinagyayabang nilang intel report, ito ba iyong matrix? Iyong picture ni Richard? Galing sa Facebook. Anung klaseng intel report iyan? Kabalbalan iyan ng mga bobong pulis. Tanong ko sa kanilang kapulisan, is a matrix acceptable in the court? Hindi,” Chong argued.

As of press time, the PRO4A is still waiting for the trajectory report of the incident in Rizal that will come from the PNP Crime Lab.

The involved policemen remain on hold while the investigation is underway. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)


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