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Senate OKs on 2nd reading bill on facility for heinous crime convicts

/ 09:08 PM December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate on Tuesday approved on second reading a bill seeking to establish a separate facility for prisoners convicted of heinous crimes.

Senate Bill No. 1055 proposes the construction of the Maximum Penal Institution in a suitable location as determined by the Secretary of Justice, “preferably within a military establishment or in an island separate in the mainland.”

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The penal institution will have to be located “in a secured and isolated place ensuring that there is no unwarranted contact or communication with those outside of the penal institution.”

It will be a “state-of-the-art” facility complete with security measures — such as surveillance cameras and extensive security features on locks, doors, and its perimeters, the measure states.

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“The facility shall be maintained clean and habitable at all times. Sanitary and hygienic comfort rooms shall be provided and maintained,” the bill added.

The measure covers all high-level heinous crime offenders who are at prison facilities of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

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