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City jail on heightened alert

By Nitz Arancon,
Correspondent

THE WORSENING congestion in Lumbia City Jail has pushed the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here to declare a “double alert” status.

Jail Supt. Nestor Caber, BJMP spokesman said city jail has become so congested that it could endanger the health of inmates.

Caber said the current population inside the city jail has risen to a staggering 584 percent.

Ang atong capacity sa Lumbia City Jail kay 250 ra unta ka mga inmates apan karon aduna na kita’y 1,801 inmates,” said Caber.

He added that of the 1,801 inmates, currently languishing in jail, 1,237 inmates are jailed on drugelated charges.

Since President Rodrigo Duterte sat down as president on July 1, the number of inmates incarcerated increased by 68 percent, the BJMP spokesman said.

Caber said they will be implementing a “double shift” sleeping arrangements for all the inmates.

Dili man mahimo nga magdungan sila pagka-tulog so puli-puli sila kay bisan ako nang gipaga-mit ang chapel para ilang katulgan congested pa gihapon,” lamented Caber.

The BJMP has also implemented stricter security as preemptive measure in the event of a full-scale riot.

Aggravating the congested condition in the city jail, Caber said, is the lack of budget for food of the inmates.

“P50 ra intawon kada adlaw ang budget sa ilang pagkaon,” Caber said.

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About Nitz Arancon

Nitz Arancon
Nitz Arancon started his career in the broadcast media. He worked as a cameraman for a news program of a local TV station, and subsequently became a reporter and later, commentator of the now defunct radio station DxJR.

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