No special treatment for Pemberton release, BuCor says

Robie de Guzman   •   September 8, 2020   •   790

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Tuesday assured that no special treatment will be given to convicted US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton as they prepare for his release from detention.

Pemberton is set to walk free after President Rodrigo Duterte granted him an absolute pardon on Monday.

BuCor Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag said they have started the preparations for Pemberton’s release although they have yet to receive a copy of the pardon.

Chaclag assured that the case will be treated as an ordinary release of an inmate and its process, which could take days, will be followed.

“At sa ngayon ay tini-treat natin na ordinary release ito ibig sabihin ay susundin po natin lahat yung mga process at hindi po tayo mag-i-skip,” he said.

“[Ang] gagawin siguro natin ay i-expedite lang po natin para matapos na rin po yung usapin,” he added.

The ordinary process for the release of inmates takes about four days to two weeks, the bureau said.

Chaclag further said that they will also await the directive from the Department of Justice before turning Pemberton over to the Bureau of Immigration

“Kukuha po tayo ng advice o directive sa DOJ kasi iba po ito sa ordinary pong foreigner ay itinuturnover po natin sa Bureau of Immigration,” he explained.

“Dahil may special case itong si PDL Pemberton, isasangguni po natin yan sa DOJ at kung sabihin nila na sa Immigration ay doon po handa po tayong mag turn over sa kanila,” he added.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the president’s granting of absolute pardon is enough to spur the BuCor to process Pemberton’s release from detention.

He will also direct the Bureau of Immigration to revoke the hold departure order issued against the American soldier, adding that he will not be treated like a deportee.

Pemberton was convicted of homicide for killing Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude in Olongapo City in 2014. He was sentenced to serve six to ten years in prison.

He has been detained in a facility at Camp Aguinaldo pursuant to the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement.

Prior to Duterte’s pardon, an Olongapo court had ordered BuCor to recompute the time that Pemberton served and to determine if he is eligible to avail of the good conduct time allowance rule.

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.

1 of 3 Bilibid escapees shot dead – BuCor

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2022

One of the three inmates who bolted from the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Monday was killed during manhunt operations, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.

In a statement, the BuCor identified the fatality as Pacifico Adlawan, 49. Earlier information released by the bureau stated that Adlawan was serving a sentence for frustrated homicide and a drug-related case.

The BuCor said the subject was running from the creek at the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway when he was spotted by government forces that were clearing the outskirts of the NBP reservation at noontime.

The subject was cornered and allegedly exchanged gunfire with personnel from the BuCor and Muntinlupa City Police Station.

“Our government forces were forced to retaliate and after some time, they neutralized the gunman who was later identified as one of the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) escapees named PDL Pacifico V. Adlawan, Prison Number N218P-2041, who bolted the MaxSeCom prison earlier at dawn today,” the bureau said.

Seized from the suspect was a 9mm pistol with live bullets and spent shells.

The BuCor said minor injuries were reported on the government side.

“The site of the firefight is now being processed by the PNP Crime Lab SOCO team,” it added.

The two other PDLs that also escaped from NBP around 1 a.m. on Monday were identified as Arwin Villeza Bio, who was convicted for murder and attempted murder; Drakilou Falcon, convicted for robbery with homicide.


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