BJMP vows no jailbreaks for rest of the holidays
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) chief Jail Director Allan Iral ordered its personnel to tighten security in jails nationwide to achieve zero incidents of jailbreaks for the rest of the holidays.
“Dapat bantayan nila [guards] nang maayos. Maiwasan din natin yung gulo [jailbreaks] hindi lang dito sa Quezon City Jail kundi nationwide na rin [BJMP personnel should intensify its security in jails. We should avoid untoward incidents and prison escapes not only in Quezon City Jail but also in other jails nationwide],” Iral told reporters after an inspection in Quezon City Jail.
Saying that there were no recorded incidents of jail escapes during Christmas, Iral hoped that they would get the same results during the New Year’s Eve run-up.
“Nagpasalamat ako dumaan ng Christmas wala tayong incident ng escape o tumakas na bilanggo nationwide… at nais nating i-maintain [ito] sa pag-ce-celebrate ng New Year,” the BJMP director said.
[I am thankful that we have a generally peaceful Christmas and we want to maintain that when we celebrate the New Year.]
Iral explained that inmates tend to escape from jails as they usually miss their loved ones during the holidays.
“Kapag December kasi talaga namimiss din ng mga [persons deprived of liberty] natin e gusto din nila maka-celebrate ng Christmas [at] ng New Year,” he said.
[During December, some inmates are missing their families. They want to celebrate Christmas and New Year outside of jail.]
During the inspection, Iral said he also warned BJMP personnel against indiscriminate firing as they welcome the New Year.
Edited by MUF
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