Dela Rosa calls on LGUs to help decongest jails

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MANILA — PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa calls on local government units to help the police decongest the prison cells in every police station.

This, after the discovery of an alleged “secret cell” in Manila Police District (MPD) Station 1 which, Gen. Dela Rosa said, is the reason why the congestion problem in prison facilities must be addressed.

As a solution to the problem, the PNP will appeal for additional fund at the deliberation of the 2018 national budget.

“Hanapan namin na makasama para sa renovation o extension ng mga jail. Priority natin mga nasa sydudad na police station,” the police chief said. (We will find a way to renovate or extend the jails. Our priority are cells in city police stations.)

The PNP chief said, at the MPD Station 1 alone, 80 detainees are congested in one cell which is designed for 40 detainees only.

There is an overflowing number of detainees in Quezon City jail which is now at 3,000. The facility is designed to contain only 800 detainees.

The PNP chief is positive that Congress will hear their demands for additional funds.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed to take the necessary steps to renovate prison facilities in the country in order to address the problem on jail congestion.

Should  Congress grant their request, the PNP will use the additional amount for the renovation of prisons in cities across the country, especially the detention cells inside police stations.

PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa noted the Commission on Human Rights’ discovery of an alleged secret inside the Manila Police District Station 1 jail only showed the condition of detainees due to lack of prison cells.

In the said police station alone, there are 80 prisoners detained inside its facility while it can only carry 40 detainees.

“In the Quezon City jail, the situation is worse as there are around 3,000 detainees as compared to the facility’s 800 maximum capacity,” Dela Rosa said.

It can be recalled that the police chief has defended the cops behind the alleged secret jail.

Dela Rosa said the involved Manila police just found a way to not include newly arrested individuals in the already congested detention cell.

Meanwhile, to critics saying the secret jail was destroyed so the cops can hide the evidence that could prove its existence, the PNP chief said, “There’s no need to tamper that. I can testify for the cops. It can’t be destroyed. Its right that they destroyed it, at least we have taken an action. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

READ: PNP officials must take immediate action about the “secret jail” in MPD Station 1 – Sen. Lacson

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