Illegal drug activities sa mga kulungan sa bansa, mariing kinokondena ng PNP-AIDSOTF
admin • April 21, 2015 • 3778
Ang nakumpiskang baril at pinagbabawal na gamot mula sa convicted drug lord sa Sablayan Penal Colony sa Occidental Mindoro. (UNTV News)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Nadismaya ang PNP-Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) sa patuloy na bentahan ng drugs sa ilang kulungan sa bansa.
Ayon kay PNP-AIDSOTF Legal and Investigation Division Chief P/CINSP. Roque Merdegia, nakakababa ng moral na mismong ang mga jail guard ang tumutulong sa illegal drug transactions ng ilang mga detainees.
Ani Merdiga, “Nakaka-low moral dahil nahuli na ng pulis, pinaghirapan na ng pulis hulihin… Despite the life imprisonment sentence na ibinigay ng korte ay walang silbi pala dahil dire-diretso pala at walang tigil ang illegal drug trade sa loob at labas ng kulungan.”
Tulad na lamang aniya sa nangyari sa Sablayan Occidental Mindoro Penal Colony kung saan nahuli ng NBI si Ruben Tiu habang nagbebenta ng illegal drugs sa isang under cover agent.
Salaysay pa ng PNP-AIDSOTF Legal and Investigation Division chief, “Nakakagulat na yung guard mismo na suppossedly ay magbabantay sa kanya ay kasama sa illegal drug trade.”
Sinabi pa ni Merdegia na bunsod ng tuksong dulot ng illegal drugs dapat na isalang sa masusing evaluation ang ugali ng mga opisyal at jail guard.
Iminungkahi pa ng opisyal na dapat na ikulong sa iisang kulungan ang mga drug lord, alisan ng access sa telepono at regular na palitan ang mga nagbabantay upang maiwasan ang familiarization sa mga big time detainee.
Tiniyak naman ng DOJ na iimbestigahan nila ang insidente sa Sablayan Penal Colony upang matukoy kung sinu-sino ang dapat managot.
Bukod sa illegal drug transactions sa New Bilibid Prison sa Muntinlupa at sa Sablayan Penal Colony sa Occidental Mindoro, sinabi rin ng AIDSOTF na may namo-monitor din silang bentahan ng droga sa Davao at Zamboanga penal colony na maituturing na suntok sa kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa illegal drugs. (LEA YLAGAN / UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said that quarantine centers have been installed in some detention facilities in the country to prevent the spread and manage the cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among persons deprived of liberty (PDL).
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they are closely working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in building isolation facilities for probable and suspect coronavirus cases inside detention facilities such as the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“ICRC has installed a 110-bed capacity quarantine facility in the medium-security New Bilibid Prison. Multi-disciplinary technical support has likewise been supplied to the Correctional Institute for Women as an emergency response to its confirmed cases detected recently,” Duque said in a statement.
The Health chief added that the ICRC is also assisting the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in setting up temporary isolation centers for COVID-19 positive PDLs who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms.
“A 48-bed quarantine facility in the Quezon City Jail in Payatas is now fully operational with 40 admitted detainees,” the DOH said.
“It is being expanded to 200 beds and will open shortly in collaboration with BJMP,” it added.
The health department also reported that a 40-bed quarantine facility at the New San Fernando District Jail and an 80-bed quarantine facility at the Quezon District Jail in Pagbilao, Lucena City are likewise being prepared.
“Such isolation centers were set-up with separate areas for patients and sleeping quarters for staff, electricity, water, cots, and basic furnishings,” it said.
“The staff were also furnished with medical equipment, personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and tablet devices to facilitate contact between patients and their relatives,” it added.
Training on infection prevention and control, and management of the dead based on DOH and WHO guidelines were also provided.
Aside from the ICRC, the Health chief said they are also coordinating with the Department of Justice, and the World Health Organization for the conduct of an initial assessment, investigation and management of cases at the Correctional Institution for Women-Bureau of Corrections and the NBP.
This is to ensure that “infection control measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in penal and correctional facilities.”
Duque said that other closed-setting facilities such as orphanages, and homes for the aged will also be monitored with the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“Multi-sectoral efforts are ramped up to support all vulnerable areas to stem this pandemic. In all closed-setting facilities, a single case of an asymptomatic positive COVID-19 case can be a disaster,” he said.
The measure comes after more than 200 detainees and personnel at three city jails in the country were reported to have contracted the viral respiratory disease.
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) continues to prepare the New Bilibid Prison’s (NBP) coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine area at Site Harry.
On Thursday (April 30), BuCor received medical supplies and other equipment from the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). The ICRC also renovated the isolation area for the Person’s Deprived of Liberty (PDL) who are exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms.
The ICRC donated personal protective equipment (PPEs), beds and pillows.
The said isolation area was previously used as a work area for making handicrafts. The area can accommodate up to 100 PDLs.
“The families of the PDL in the NBP can be assured that there is now a comfortable facility that can accommodate their PDL loved ones in case of confinement in relation to COVID-19,” BuCor said in a statement. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) clarified reports that a number of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) inside the national penitentiary are suspected of having coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.
BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag in an interview with the program ‘Get It Straight with Daniel Razon’ on Thursday (April 16) assured that the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) remains COVID-19 free.
It was to allay fears of inmates’ relatives considering the situation inside the NBP.
Nevertheless, General Bantag assured they are closely monitoring the health of PDLs inside NBP.
In fact, Bantag said, the NBP has installed a tent at the maximum security compound where PDLs manifesting symptoms of coronavirus infection — like cough, cold, and fever — are checked and observed.
“Minsan kasi may pagkakataon na para tayong sinisipon, iyan po ay mino-monitor kaagad natin (At times when one seems to be suffering from a cold, we make sure to monitor such conditions at once),” Bantag explained.
“Ngayon, kapag nakitaan po natin ng mga flu-like symptoms, kina-quarantine kaagad po natin hanggang sa ma-reach po nila ang 14 days na clearing period nila. At kapag wala po, binabalik na natin sa dati. Kaya wala po tayong COVID dito,” he added.
(Once we notice flu-like symptoms, we immediately place them under quarantine until they complete the 14-day clearing period. Once cleared, we return them to their barracks. We are sure there is no COVID here.]
The BuCor Chief added that disinfection is regularly conducted in all BuCor facilities.
To date, there are more than 27,000 PDLs in confinement inside the NBP. —MNP (with inputs from Sherwin Culubong)
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