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Justice Secretary Guevarra approves the grace period on one condition: 'Make sure they are properly fed, they are properly accommodated, and they are safe'
'By their own acts, naipit sila sa loob,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
Director General Gerald Bantag assures the returnees' safety with 'enough beddings including mosquito nets and blankets'
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
The news comes after a massive exchange of prisoners on Sunday, with 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 64 civilians flown to Kiev
(4th UPDATE) A plane carrying 76 captives, including 12 military personnel and 64 civilians, is met by a crowd of relatives, some holding flowers and balloons
(3rd UPDATE) 'Kiev and the Donbass have reached an accord on an exchange of prisoners this Sunday, December 29,' says Donetsk government spokesperson
Only 827 out of the 2,352 returnees have been released after reprocessing, the Department of Justice confirms
The statement comes after supermarket giant Tesco said it stopped production at a factory in China after one of its charity cards was found to contain a cry for help from a prisoner who made it
'We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu Prison China, forced to work against our will,' says the writing on the card, found by a 6-year-old
Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?
(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
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.
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.
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.
Only 13 physicians attend to 47,326 prisoners in the country's 7 penal colonies
(UPDATED) Makabayan lawmakers visit the New Bilibid Prison to check on the living conditions of inmates
(UPDATED) Families can resume visiting inmates Wednesday, October 30
'Anong mangyayari sa loob? Hindi natin nakikita, kasi nandito tayo sa labas. Maawa naman si General Bantag. Iyong rasyon, parang pagkain ng aso,' says a convict's wife, whose last visit was October 4
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
Families and rights groups urge the Bureau of Corrections to reinstate visitation rights at the New Bilibid Prison amid reports of abuses against inmates
A UK Prison Service spokesman confirms Richard Huckle died on Sunday at Full Sutton Prison in northern England.
(UPDATED) An explosion hits the New Bilibid Prison's Maximum Security Compound Friday morning
'Hindi naman natin iniintindi 'yung galit nila kasi wala naman silang karapatan, pribilehiyo lang 'yan na inabuso,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag
That means around 5,200 maximum security inmates die every year due to contagious diseases, natural causes, and stab wounds
Since July 2018, the Bureau of Corrections has been spending an average of P13 per meal for each prisoner
(UPDATED) The petitioners argue the DOJ's new internal rules amount to executive legislation and violate equal protection
Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete says 35 more previously released convicts who should not have surrendered in the first place, have been verified for release
The Department of Justice says 130 more previously released convicts have surrendered to authorities on Saturday morning, September 21, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order
'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete
'One hour in the morning and afternoon, parang buhos-buhos lang,' says Ernesto Tamayo, prison hospital director for health services, on time inmates have to shower
Former Bilibid inmate Jose Galario Jr says high-profile inmates kept cooks and watchmen inside the Bilibid hospital
The Department of Justice says the attacking prisoner suffers from schizophrenia
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered an investigation and case buildup following news of inmates who cough up money to use hospital facilities even though they're not sick
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says detained drug lords still manage to have cell phones, while some inmates 'post openly' on Facebook too, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson
(UPDATED) Dismissed Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon claims no knowledge of the alleged anomaly in the agency that he headed for almost a year
(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the dismissal of Nicanor Faeldon is an 'initial step to prevent the spread of a dangerous wildfire'
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri says his proposed prison in an isolated and uninhabited island will keep heinous crime convicts 'far from their victims and society at large'
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says while the hearings are going on, its status quo for Faeldon and the other Bureau of Corrections officials
'Let the punishment fit the crime. For this reason, I think that the death penalty should be restored, particularly for heinous crimes,' says Albert Lesaca
Faeldon says he does not believe he should resign
(UPDATED) The senator says the release order was signed by somebody else, when the only person authorized to sign it was Bureau of Corrections Director Nicanor Faeldon
(UPDATED) The Bureau of Immigration says the 4 Chinese nationals are currently detained in their warden's facility for deportation
Senate President Vicente Sotto III wants to amend the Good Conduct Time Allowance law to exclude heinous crime convicts, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon disagrees
'Naniniwala tayo na after serving their time, may pagbabago na naganap sa kanilang buhay,' says Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac
The retroactive application of the law on Good Conduct Time Allowance will result in the mass release of around 11,000 Bilibid inmates
(UPDATED) Clauvino da Silva made headlines after he was caught trying to escape from a Rio de Janeiro jail wearing a silicon mask, long dark wig, glasses, white flip flops and clothes belonging to his 19-year-old daughter
Brazil prison officials say 16 of the dead were decapitated in the second major eruption of violence to rock the country's severely overpopulated and deadly prison system in as many months
The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders