BuCor chief refuses to disclose names of inmates who died of COVID-19 | Inquirer News

BuCor chief refuses to disclose names of inmates who died of COVID-19

/ 09:24 AM July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Citing the Data Privacy Act, Bureau of Corrections director-general Gerald Bantag has refused to disclose to the public the names of inmates or persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who died in BuCor facilities due to the coronavirus disease 2019.

Bantag said this after sources revealed that Jaybee Sebastian, a key witness in the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), and eight other high-profile inmates at the same penitentiary have died of COVID-19.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Indeed there are PDL who died due to COVID-19. However, as much as we want to inform the public with respect to the names of PDL who died due to COVID-19, the data privacy act prohibits us from doing so,” he said in a text message Sunday.

Bantag also assured that the BuCor is doing its best to address the COVID-19 situation in its facilities.

FEATURED STORIES

“In fact, we have a high rate of recovery and we are glad to report to the public that all our interventions appear to be doing well and effective,” said the bureau director.

According to Bantag, BuCor has been conducting “quick” identification of suspected cases as well as isolation and treatment programs to address the cases of infection in its jails.

He said the bureau had likewise partnered with other government agencies, international organizations, and non-government organizations to strengthen its drive in addressing the outbreak.

The eight other inmates who reportedly died of COVID-19 were among the 66 occupants of Building 14, the most secured facility within NBP’s Maximum Security Compound and houses high-profile inmates, mostly convicted drug dealers.

JE
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bureau of Corrections, Gerald Bantag, Jaybee Sebastian
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.