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6 convicts die of coronavirus in Bucor facilities; 161 cases overall

May 27, 2020 - 4:46 PM

33 personnel also test positive for coronavirus, bringing the overall total to 194 confirmed cases. No personnel has died of COVID-19.

SITE HARRY. Bureau of Corrections puts up an isolation facility at the New Bilibid Prison called "Site Harry" for confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases among inmates. Photo from BuCor

LOOK: In Batangas, isolation facility for inmates is outside prison

May 23, 2020 - 7:26 PM

There are 20 rooms for male prisoners and 20 rooms for female prisoners

ISOLATION FACILITY. DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo looks at an isolation secured with iron bars to house persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the The Batangas Provincial Isolation Facility located at Brgy Malainin, Ibaan, Batangas. Photo from DOH Calabarzon Press Release


117 convicts positive for coronavirus in BuCor prisons

May 15, 2020 - 4:11 PM

Justice Secretary Markk Perete says 40 of the coronavirus patients are from the New Bilibid Prisons while 77 are from the Correctional Institute for Women

QUARANTINE. Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) staff transfer a batch of 27 new coronavirus-infected correctional inmates to the New Bilibid Prison quarantine facility on April 25, 2020. Photo courtesy of BuCor


Corrections: May 2020

May 08, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Here are the corrections for May 2020

Bailed political prisoner stuck in Correctional amid pandemic

Apr 30, 2020 - 8:34 PM

Fifty-three-year-old health worker Miguela Ocampo Peniero was ordered released March 5 upon payment of bail for one case. Her lawyers explain to the court all other previous charges are either junked, or served.

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

2 Correctional inmates die of coronavirus

Apr 28, 2020 - 10:21 PM

The 2 inmates were admitted to the Sta Ana Hospital and East Avenue Medical Center before their deaths

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


TIMELINE: The bid to release low-risk, sick, elderly prisoners in PH

Apr 28, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Time is running out as the government decides whether or not to release eligible persons deprived of liberty, given the pandemic

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

27 more female inmates test positive for coronavirus – BuCor

Apr 26, 2020 - 6:51 PM

The Bureau of Corrections says that they are 'well and asymptomatic'

'Congestion not reason:' Calida blocks petition to release vulnerable prisoners

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

There are 241 coronavirus patients in prisons nationwide, and one of them – a Bilibid inmate – has died

SLEEPING. Some PDLs find any spot to sleep inside the Quezon City Jail on March 27, 2020. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

Bilibid inmate dies of coronavirus disease

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:13 PM

The inmate is so far the first and only reported coronavirus case in the congested New Bilibid Prison

SITE HARRY. Bureau of Corrections puts up an isolation facility at the New Bilibid Prison called "Site Harry" for confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases among inmates. Photo from BuCor


Total of 22 BuCor convicts have coronavirus, isolated in Bilibid

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Even convicts who had contact to the confirmed cases will be housed in the Bilibid facility

SITE HARRY. Bureau of Corrections puts up an isolation facility at the New Bilibid Prison called "Site Harry" for confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases among inmates. Photo from BuCor

18 more Correctional inmates, 1 health staff test positive for coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The Board of Pardons and Parole is 'formulating interim guidelines' to urgently release old and sickly convicts – a regular course for the board

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Elderly correctional inmate tests positive for coronavirus

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:27 PM

(UPDATED) The female inmate is 72 years old, has pneumonia and has been transferred to the Sta Ana Hospital in Manila

CORRECTIONAL. Inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City on March 4, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

23 convicts in Bilibid, Correctional are suspected coronavirus cases

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:15 PM

The Bureau of Corrections earlier said it isolated 76 inmates and 81 personnel

BILIBID. Inmates from Maximum Security compound converge outside their cells during an inspection of Bucor Director General Gerald Bantag and Chief of the Directorial Staff Major General Guillermo Eleazar at New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 28, 2019. Photo by Kd Madrilejos/Rappler

[PODCAST] Coronavirus: Bakit kailangang palayain ang mga low-risk, may sakit, elderly prisoners?

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Ano ang hakbang na dapat gawin upang masiguradong maayos ang proseso kung ito'y matutuloy?

76 BuCor inmates isolated on suspicion of having coronavirus

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:40 PM

81 BuCor personnel are also isolated

DISINFECTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the disinfection of the New Bilibid Prison on March 19, 2020. Photo from BuCor

Corrections: April 2020

Apr 05, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Here are the corrections for April 2020

KAPATID appeals for release of low-level offenders, elderly, sick prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:59 AM

'This is not only an urgent matter of life and death but also of justice,' KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim writes in an open letter to the Duterte administration

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Corrections: March 2020

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:43 AM

Here are the corrections for March 2020

Gordon 'disappointed' over unsolved BuCor killings

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:19 PM

'I will call for another hearing. I don't get anything from you guys,' says a frustrated Senator Richard Gordon

UNSOLVED CRIMES. Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of Committee on Justice and Human Rights, questions the resource persons regarding the unsolved killings of government personnel particularly the ambush of Atty. Fredric Santos of the Bureau of Corrections, who was gunned down in front of his daughter's school in Mutinlupa City on February 19, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Bureau of Corrections personnel killed under Duterte gov't

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) BuCor top lawyer Fredric Santos is among the BuCor personnel killed in Muntinlupa since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

GUNNED DOWN. BuCor legal division chief Fredric Santos is killed in front of his daughter's school on February 19, 2020. PNP photo

Police 'still facing blank wall' in BuCor lawyer slay probe

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Muntinlupa police officer-in-charge Colonel Hermogenes Cabe calls on witnesses and informants to help investigators track down the killers of Bureau of Corrections top lawyer Fredric Santos

LITTLE PROGRESS. The Muntinlupa City Police Office. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

BuCor legal chief killing 'very likely' linked to GCTA mess – Guevarra

Feb 20, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a case buildup on the killing of prisons legal chief Fredric Santos

KILLED. Bureau of Corrections legal chief Fredric Santos during the Senate probe into anomalies surrounding the Good Conduct Time Allowance law's implementation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor top lawyer shot dead in front of daughter's school

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Bureau of Corrections legal chief Fredric Santos is killed just as he was about to pick up his daughter from school

KILLED. BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos during the Senate probe into anomalies surrounding the GCTA law's implementation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ombudsman sacks 3 BuCor officials over 'GCTA for sale' scheme

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Ramoncito Roque, Maria Belinda Bansil, and Veronica Buño are perpetually disqualified from holding public office

FIRED. Former BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque is dismissed from service and indicted for direct bribery and graft over the alleged extortion of an inmate in exchange for early release. File photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

DOJ probes Bantag's booting out BuCor staff for favored BJMP aides

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Wala pa kaming definitive action as to whether ibabalik ba namin 'yung mga inalis nya or hayaan lang namin,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUCOR CHIEF. Bureua of Corrections Director Gen Gerald Bantag shows NCRPO Chief PMajor Gen Guillermo Eleazar around the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the facility in Muntinlupa City on Monday, October 7, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

BuCor's Bantag acquitted in deadly jail blast case

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:55 PM

A Parañaque City court finds insufficient evidence to convict Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag of homicide

ACQUITTED. Director General Gerald Bantag, the chief of the Bureau of Corrections visits the Senate on September 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Tao rin kami': Partner of Bilibid inmate decries 'traumatizing' strip search

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Jimmylisa Badayos asks the Commission on Human Rights to help end strip searches at the New Bilibid Prison, one of the many issues hounding the Bureau of Corrections

Jimmylisa Badayos wife of Calixto Vistal one of the NDF political prisoner along with Satur Ocampo and militant leaders show a copy of complaint affidavit they filed before the CHR on January, 5, 2020. Badayos a human rights activist file a complaint regarding strip search and cavity search against the NBP Maximum Security Compound. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Corrections: January 2020

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:32 PM

Here are the corrections for January 2020

Fixing the Bureau of Corrections: Government walks a tightrope

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?

Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security COmpound on Monday.

Fear of making decisions

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

There are irreparable costs

Caterer who fed P13-per-meal to inmates named BuCor superintendent

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:57 AM

(UPDATED) Angelina Bautista, a retired jail senior inspector who used to cater prison meals budgeted at P39 per inmate in a day, is tapped as superintendent at the Correctional Institution for Women

Bantag tries to slay Bilibid's old monsters, Duterte-style

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.

DEMOLTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the demolition of illegally-built shanties inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

Corrections: December 2019

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Here are the corrections for December 2019

Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.

BuCor’s 3rd highest official resigns amid GCTA mess

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Melvin Ramon Buenafe once held high hopes to become Bureau of Corrections chief after he was endorsed by PMA classmate and now Senator Ronald dela Rosa

RESIGNED. Melvin Ramon Buenafe during the 5th senate hearing on September 12, 2019, into the controversies surrounding the Bureau of Corrections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pathologist says Epstein's injuries point to murder, not suicide

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:01 AM

Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who was present at the autopsy, says Jeffrey Epstein's injuries were 'more indicative of homicidal strangulation'

(FILES) In this file undated handout photo obtained July 11, 2019 courtesy of the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Jeffrey Epstein is on suicide watch after he was found semi-concious in his cell on the evening of July 24. Epstein, 66, was charged on July 8, 2019 by prosecutors in New York with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. HO / New York State Sex Offender Registry / AFP

After demolition, elderly prisoners sleep outdoors in Bilibid

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) Makabayan lawmakers visit the New Bilibid Prison to check on the living conditions of inmates

DEMOLITION AFTERMATH. Piles of debris from the recent demolition operation are seen inside the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

BuCor restores family visitation rights in Bilibid

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) Families can resume visiting inmates Wednesday, October 30

Inmates from Maximum Security compound converge outside their cells during an inspection of Bucor Director General Gerald Bantag and Chief of the Directorial Staff Major General Guillermo Eleazar at New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 28, 2019. Photo by Kd Madrilejos/Rappler

BuCor confirms death of inmates but denies 'crisis' in Bilibid

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Dehydration or lack of medical attention did not cause anyone at the national state penitentiary to die in recent weeks, says the Bureau of Corrections

DEMOLITION. Workers use heavy equipment as they dismantle illegal structures as ordered by newly installed BuCor chief Gerald Bantag and NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 9, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bilibid inmates' families to BuCor: Let us see our loved ones

Oct 25, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Families and rights groups urge the Bureau of Corrections to reinstate visitation rights at the New Bilibid Prison amid reports of abuses against inmates

Senate cites 2 suspended BuCor officers in 'humanitarian' contempt

Oct 03, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Veronica Buño and Maribel Bansil are caught lying in previous Senate hearings as the National Bureau of Investigation presents the results of a digital forensic exam on their phones

GCTA FOR SALE. Bureau of Corrections officer Ma Benilda 'Maribel' Bansil cries before the Senate hearing after she was cited in contempt by the senators on October 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Corrections: October 2019

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Here are the corrections for October 2019

'Puro sabaw': BuCor only uses P39 of P60-food budget per prisoner

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Since July 2018, the Bureau of Corrections has been spending an average of P13 per meal for each prisoner

MISMANAGEMENT? The Bureau of Corrections underspends its food budget for prisoners. PRIB Photo

DOJ: 52 qualified convicts released from Bilibid

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete says 35 more previously released convicts who should not have surrendered in the first place, have been verified for release

FREEDOM REGAINED. Convicts who surrendered upon orders of President Rodrigo Duterte regain freedo after authorities verified that their previous release is valid. Photo from DOJ

Newsbreak Chats: How gov't is handling the GCTA, BuCor mess

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:18 PM

On Thursday, September 26, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss whether government is on the right track and what else it can do to full-proof the implementation of the GCTA law