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CHR: Improve jail management to prevent crimes inside prisons

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:22 PM

'The goal of prisons should be to reform persons deprived of liberty, to uphold human dignity while being accountable for their faults,' CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia says

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

No budget to build new prisons, only additional beds for prisoners

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The request of the Bureau of Corrections for an additional P5 billion budget to build 6 new prisons is turned down

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

FACT CHECK: No transfer to Bilibid for De Lima unless convicted

May 23, 2018 - 5:05 PM

The supposed transfer is not even mentioned in the video. De Lima is still in Camp Crame.

LOOK: Duterte appoints Dela Rosa as BuCor chief, Guerrero as Marina administrator

May 03, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Malacañang releases the appointment papers of former police chief Ronald dela Rosa and former military chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero

PRRD trooping the line during the PNP Change of Command ceremony on April 19,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Conclusion: Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A holistic solution is necessary. There is a need to address the problems of overcrowding, the lack of qualified personnel, and the inadequacy of resources.

Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Being a BuCor chief, and with your closeness to the President, you will be in the best position to advocate for small regional prisons

Alvarez wins again as Ombudsman upholds Floirendo indictment

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman denies Floirendo’s motion to reopen the investigation

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr.

Dela Rosa wants to clean up Bureau of Corrections

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:28 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says his two mistahs from the Philippine Military Academy will help fix problems at the Bureau of Corrections

CLASS OF 1986. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa happens to belong to the first PMA class to graduate after the EDSA Revolution. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Dela Rosa to be next BuCor chief

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:15 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says top cop Ronald dela Rosa may have failed to meet public expectations in leading the Philippine National Police but it would be 'a waste' not to give him another government position

PDEA sets up an office inside Bilibid

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) The office is located a few hundred meters away from the compound's iconic reserve, where prisoners are kept

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre wants new drugs board chair Santiago as BuCor chief

Jul 14, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Prior to his recent appointment to the Dangerous Drugs Board retired general Dionisio Santiago chaired the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

POSSIBLE BUCOR CHIEF? Newly-appointed Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chair Dionisio Santiago is Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre's recommendation to head the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) amid issues of drug trade resurgence inside the jails. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

BuCor chief Benjamin de los Santos resigns

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED Issue about resurgence of drug trade has made me irrelevant Benjamin de los Santos says in a text message to reporters

COA recommends graft charges vs DOJ, BuCor officials in Tadeco deal

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

State auditors say BuCor management must initiate the filing of charges against the officials before the Ombudsman

CHARGES LOOMING? The COA recommends the filing of charges against officials of the DOJ and BuCor who sealed the joint venture agreement with Tadeco.

LIVE: House probe on BuCor-Tadeco deal

May 30, 2017 - 7:27 AM

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Alvarez: Stick to facts, Tadeco probe not linked to personal grudge

May 09, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not going after his erstwhile friend Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr by calling for the probe into the BuCor Tadeco deal

HOUSE PROBE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) chats with Oriental Mindoro 2nd Distrist Representative Reynaldo Umali at a congressional inquiry on May 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

All past DOJ chiefs upheld deal with BuCor – Tadeco CEO

May 09, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The various contracts between Tadeco and BuCor have been reviewed and approved by no less than 6 secretaries of justice It has also passed through 14 secretaries of justice who upheld its validity says Tadeco president and CEO Alexander Valoria

DEFENDING THE COMPANY. Tadeco president and CEO Alexander Valoria delivers his counterarguments against the accusations of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte proclamation ‘best’ way to void BuCor-Tadeco deal

May 09, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says BuCor may file a case in court against Tadeco but this would take a very long time

DOJ RECOMMENDATION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II (left) attends the House probe into the deal between the Bureau of Corrections and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation on May 9, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House begins probe into BuCor-Tadeco deal on May 9

May 09, 2017 - 9:13 AM

House good government and public accountability chairperson Johnny Pimentel says lawmakers are duty bound to investigate painstakingly any public transaction that is allegedly detrimental to the government

HOUSE PROBE. A joint House committee probe will begin on May 9 to look into the joint venture agreement between the Bureau of Corrections and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation.

Lawmakers want BuCor-Tadeco deal probed over land distribution

May 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The Makabayan bloc says hectares of land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm were no longer distributed to farmer beneficiaries after the BuCor Tadeco deal was sealed

ANOTHER HOUSE PROBE. Makabayan bloc lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Ariel Casilao filed House Resolution Number 953 against the BuCor-Tadeco deal. Photo courtesy of Anakpawis

Lopez, Sotto, Trump | Evening wRap

May 03, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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BuCor-Tadeco deal illegal, should be cancelled – DOJ, COA panels

May 03, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The panels separate investigations say the joint venture agreement is disadvantageous to government

FEUDING FRIENDS. The separate investigations of COA and DOJ into the banana firm owned by Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr stemmed from the red flags raised by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

Lopez, Calida, EJK | Evening wRap

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:03 PM

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Calida: BuCor-Tadeco deal 'illegal'

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:26 PM

UPDATED In a statement Tadeco says Calida s statement is premature and uninformed as past justice secretaries had found arrangements to be valid and beneficial to BuCor and the country

TOP GOVT LAWYER. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a congressional inquiry. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘Stop dragging us into your personal issues,’ Paola Alvarez tells Floirendo’s GF

Mar 30, 2017 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED Cathy Binag the live in partner of Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr apologizes to the Alvarez family But she adds I find it petty for some matured men to be burning bridges of friendship over a girls spat

Finance Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez did not mince words against the girlfriend of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo JR. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Graft complaint vs Floirendo not about feuding girlfriends – Alvarez

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:32 PM

These are two different matters says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez whose friendship with fellow Davao del Norte congressman Antonio Floirendo Jr has turned sour

FIGHTING FRIENDS. Longtime friends Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr are now fighting.

Floirendo denies plotting Speaker Alvarez's ouster

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr admits having a brotherly misunderstanding with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who has so far refused to talk to him

RIFT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are currently having a 'brotherly misunderstanding.'

Floirendo ‘hurt’ by graft complaint filed by Alvarez

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he has a clear conscience and he is ready to face any complaints against him

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and a possible congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

Alvarez files graft complaint vs Rep Floirendo

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez accuses Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr of having an unlawful business interest in a government deal

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr

Alvarez to his ouster 'plotters': 'Go ahead, make my day'

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:10 AM

UPDATED As rumors continue to spread that some lawmakers are plotting to unseat him Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells critics he is ready to go anytime as he has no ambition

'MAKE MY DAY.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not afraid to lose his position if that means doing something good in the name of the country. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Alvarez wants probe into BuCor deal with Floirendo banana firm

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files the resolution against the company of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr President Duterte s biggest campaign contributor amid ouster rumors against the Speaker

CONFLICT IN THE HOUSE? The banana firm of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr may soon face a congressional probe, following a resolution filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Bilibid drugs case: Ex-BuCor OIC Ragos surrenders to NBI

Feb 26, 2017 - 11:44 AM

UPDATED Ex Bureau of Corrections OIC Rafael Ragos says he delivered drug money to Senator Leila de Lima when she was still justice secretary

In this file photo, former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos testifies at the House Committee on Justice inquiry on the alleged drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison, September 20, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque files ethics complaint vs De Lima over Bilibid drug trade

Feb 16, 2017 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED Kabayan Representative Harry Roque claims Senator Leila de Lima had conspired with his party mate Representative Ron Salo to hide their alleged involvement in the drug trade

ONE MORE CASE. Senator Leila de Lima is already facing a number of other complaints for supposed involvement in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. File photo by Jasmin Dulay

CA confirms Aguirre amid BuCor, BI controversy

Feb 15, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sees politics at work in the confirmation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Aguirre: 'No proof' of VIP treatment of inmates

Feb 15, 2017 - 1:09 PM

UPDATED The justice chief says what he only approved was the use of air coolers by inmates who suffered from high blood pressure This he says is not a form of special treatment

Vitaliano Aguirre II attends a congressional inquiry. Rappler file photo

De Lima, North Korea, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Feb 13, 2017 - 8:31 PM

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Aguirre to BuCor legal chief: Explain unauthorized private practice

Feb 13, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The notice against Alvin Lim comes shortly after his memo on Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II s alleged privileges for inmates was leaked to media

File photo of the Bureau of Corrections

FACT CHECK: Did Aguirre reward inmates who testified vs De Lima?

Feb 09, 2017 - 6:06 PM

While Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has repeatedly denied it documents obtained by Rappler paint a different picture

VIP TREATMENT? Despite his repeated denials, documents show Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered authorities to restore special privileges of inmates who testified against Senator Leila de Lima.

De Lima admits Dayan endorsed Bucayu, Ragos for BuCor

Dec 06, 2016 - 5:48 PM

De Lima downplays Dayan s recommendation saying it was just normal for her friends and co workers then to pitch several names for posts The ultimate decision she says was hers

RECOMMENDATION. Senator Leila de Lima admits that her former security aide turned lover Ronnie Dayan recommended to her the appointment of two Bureau of Correction officials. Photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre names new BuCor chief

Nov 28, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Retired police senior superintendent Benjamin delos Santos is a lawyer and former CIDG official

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Auction for Nueva Ecija prison postponed for 4th time

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:15 PM

This PPP project is part of government efforts to fix the Philippines prison system which the International Centre for Prison Studies ranks as the 4th most overcrowded in the world

OVERCROWDED. The maximum security compound of the NBP is overcrowded, housing over 16,000 inmates when it can accommodate only 6,000. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

What ails the BuCor modernization law?

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The lack of money to modernize the Bureau of Corrections is crippling the bureau worsening its age old problems

REFORMING BUCOR. Just behind the administration building of the Bureau of Corrections lies the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panel wants to reimpose death penalty for drug cases

Oct 18, 2016 - 6:38 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee wants to put the BuCor and the BJMP under a single department for the rationalization of the jail management system

RECOMMENDATIONS. National Bureau of Investigation operatives round up inmates inside the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the compound on December 15, 2014. File photo by AFP

Why is Aguirre allowed to question witnesses in House probe?

Sep 20, 2016 - 4:38 PM

No rule has been violated says Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the House probe into the proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison on September 20, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Quick fix for PH jails? Pardon sick, old prisoners – Recto

Aug 04, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto files a resolution seeking an inquiry into the worsening conditions of jails nationwide

PARDON. Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to release sick, old, and dying prisoners to aid in the decongestion of the country's jails. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Marine general Balutan to head Bureau of Corrections

Jul 14, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The Marine officer who testified against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be supervising the national prison

BuCor execs face charges over Bilibid project bidding

Dec 08, 2015 - 11:59 AM

The Ombudsman says that in 2012 BuCor executives split the project into 4 contracts to evade the required public bidding They awarded them to preferred suppliers who are also facing charges

RESHUFFLE. The reshuffle of prison guards at the National Bilibid Penitentiary is ongoing, says Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. File photo by Rappler

Ex-Eastmincom chief is new BuCor head

Jun 18, 2015 - 4:11 PM

Can the new chief address the long standing issue of corruption in the bureau?

Bureau of Correction trainees help NBI agents carry the confiscated appliances from the VIP's inmate cell inside the New Bilibib Prison in Muntinlupa during raid on Monday. The NBI confiscated bulks of money in different currency and various TV and aircons inside the Bilibid inmates cell. Photo by: JOEL LEPORADA

Looking into the food system of PH inmates

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Nelson Mandela once said that no one knows a nation until one has been inside its jails What will the food system inside prisons and jails say about the Philippines?

Should studying be required in jails?

Mar 13, 2015 - 1:44 PM

Yes officials say because studying keeps inmates away from vices and gives them a better chances in life when they get out

'BEST REFORMATORY PROGRAM.' There are two Alternative Learning System (ALS) schools inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo from the Department of Education