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Año backs heinous crime prison

Francis Wakefield



Some drug lords are detained at the Marines Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. (AMP)

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año fully supports the creation of a heinous crimes prison where high-risk criminals from the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City can be transferred.

“We strongly support your proposed bill to serve as a deterrent for criminals from further committing such heinous acts,” Año said Monday during the presentation of the proposed DILG budget for 2020 to the Senate Committee on Finance.

“That’s good so that we can better guard the illegal drug lords, CPP-NPA and terrorist groups,” said Año.

During the budget presentation, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri inquired whether the DILG chief will back the creation of a Heinous Crimes Penitentiary (HCP) facility or an ‘Alcatraz-like prison’ for convicted criminals of atrocious offenses.

The proposed HCP is being eyed to be built in Palawan and prisoners there will not be allowed to have face to face visitation from their families.

Meanwhile, outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr. assured that the 10 high-profile Filipino and Chinese convicts transferred to the custody of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) last June are not receiving any kind of special treatment.

Madrigal said the commander of the PMC imposes separate security measures on top of that from the Bureau of Corrections’ (BuCor) wardens.

Capt. Felix Serapio Jr., the director of the Marine Corps Public Affairs Office, earlier said that aside from drug lord Peter Co, other convicts transferred to the Marines Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City last 12 June include Vicente Sy, Hanz Tan, Jose Chua, Froilan Trestiza, Jojo Baligad, Allan Sinugat, Nonito Arile, Joel Capones and Rico Caja.

Their transfer was covered by a memorandum of agreement signed by BuCor and the PMC.

But despite the transfer there, the Marines director said that BuCor is still in charge of securing the convicts, with the Marines supporting them.

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