Gordon pushes for mandatory reporting of deaths of inmates

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2021   •   301

 Senator Richard Gordon

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Richard Gordon on Thursday filed Senate Bill 1771, or the Death in Custody Reporting Bill that will mandate the reporting to concerned government agencies death or sickness of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and detained children in conflict with the law.

This move was prompted by the death of former police officer Jonel Nuezca inside the New Bilibid Prison.

Nuezca was convicted for gunning down Sonia Gregorio, 52, and her son, Frank Anthony, 25, point-blank during a heated argument in Paniqui, Tarlac in December 2020.  He was sentenced to two Reclusion Perpetua (20 years and 1 day to 40 years).

Gordon who chairs the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee said the death of a high-profile inmate becomes questionable when there is a delay in the reporting.

Gordon cited reports stating that from October 2019 to April 2020, there had been around 50 to 60 inmates who had succumbed to death.

In April 2020, one death was recorded and was followed by eight more after three months.

Among these deaths was that of high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian who was convicted for kidnap for ransom and carjacking cases. He also stood as a witness in illegal drug charges against Senator Leila de Lima.

Gordon’s proposed bill seeks to direct the heads of the Bureau of Corrections, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, youth detention homes and youth rehabilitation centers, and the wardens of provincial jails to submit a monthly report on the deaths of inmates who are convicted of heinous crimes with a sentence of life imprisonment to the departments of Justice, Interior, and Social Welfare and Development, the Supreme Court, and the Commission on Human Rights.

The lawmaker said the National Bureau of Investigation must launch investigations on inmates and children in conflict with the law who died under dubious circumstances.

The families of inmates who died inside the prison must be provided with updates on the status of the case and the result of the investigation.

Officers who will be found remiss in submitting reports will be meted out with six months to two-year imprisonment and a penalty of Php500,000 to Php1-million. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

BuCor says 1 more PDL escaped from Bilibid

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Tuesday updated the number of inmates who escaped from the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Monday.

In a statement, the BuCor said the count of escapees was increased to four after one person deprived of liberty (PDL) was reported missing.

“Please be informed that one more PDL identified as PDL CHRIS Candas ABLAS N217P-4392 of Dorm 8C-2, was reported missing up to present with possibility as the 4th escapee who was involved in the prison escape incident yesterday on 17 Jan 2022,” the bureau said.

This means that there are two unaccounted PDL escapees who are still at large, namely, Ablas and Drakilou Falcon.

Ablas was convicted for robbery with homicide and sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole; while Falcon was convicted for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearms.

The BuCor earlier offered a P100,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of Falcon.

The other two escapees, identified as Pacifico Adlawan and Arwin Bio, were killed during the manhunt operations after they allegedly resisted arresting authorities.

“Maximum Security Compound is still placed on lockdown status as of this time while recovery efforts are still on going,” BuCor said.


BuCor offers P100,000 reward for info on Bilibid escapee

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has offered a P100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of one of the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who escaped from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on Monday, January 17.

In an announcement posted on social media, the BuCor identified the PDL as Drakilou Falcon, 34, who was convicted for robbery with homicide.

The bureau said Falcon is still on the loose and search operations are still ongoing.

“BuCor will give P100,000 as a reward to anyone who can provide information on the location of PDL Drakilou Y Falcon who is still at large and considered armed & dangerous,” it said.

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The two other escapees, identified as Pacifico Adlawan and Arwin Bio, were killed on Monday when they allegedly resisted arrest during the manhunt operation conducted by the personnel of the BuCor and the Muntinlupa City Police.

“The safety of the public is of paramount concern and BuCor authorities will not stop until the last escapee is accounted for in order to ensure that the escapee will not be able to inflict harm again,” the BuCor said.

Eleazar lauds conviction of ex-cop Nuezca

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Justice is finally served with the conviction of former police sergeant Jonel Nuezca.

This is the statement of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, on the decision of the court convicting the former police officer.

Eleazar said that although the court’s decision is not enough to console the Gregorio family who lost two of their family members in such violent crime, Nuezca’s conviction is proof the justice still prevails in the country and that the national police force does not condone cops gone rogue.

“Nauunawaan namin ang pakiramdam ng pamilya Gregorio na ang parusang iginawad ng hukuman sa kanya ay hindi sapat sa bayolenteng pagkawala ng buhay ng kanilang dalawang kaanak. Ngunit naipakita dito na umiiral ang hustisya sa ating bansa at kailanman ay hindi kinukunsinti ng inyong Philippine National Police ang mga ganitong uri ng pulis,” Eleazar said.

The PNP chief added that long before Nuezca’s conviction, he was already dismissed from the service and that all his benefits have been forfeited.

Meanwhile, the trial of Hensie Zinampan, the other policeman who was caught on video fatally shooting a woman in Quezon City, is ongoing, the police chief said.

“He (Zinampan), too, was already dismissed from the service and we are confident that justice will also be served to the family of his victim, Lilybeth Valdez,” Eleazar said.

The PNP said both the cases of the two former cops “will serve as a lesson that will constantly remind us that as police officers, we are the protectors of the Filipino people and not their tormentors.”

“On behalf of the men and women of the Philippine National Police, muli akong nakikiramay sa Pamilya Gregorio at Pamilya Valdez,” Eleazar said. —/mbmf


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