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All Bilibid returnees will be processed by March – DOJ

Jan 15, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra approves the grace period on one condition: 'Make sure they are properly fed, they are properly accommodated, and they are safe'

BILIBID. Bayan Muna lawmakers visit the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

DOJ on aggrieved Bilibid returnees: They can sue us

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:35 PM

'By their own acts, naipit sila sa loob,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

NO CULPABILITY? DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra admits inadequate facilities in Bilibid but stops short of taking responsibility for the deaths of returnees. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Taal ashfall hits Bilibid where returnees still sleep in covered court

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:03 AM

Director General Gerald Bantag assures the returnees' safety with 'enough beddings including mosquito nets and blankets'

BILIBID. File photo of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa taken on on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/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

Russia, Ukraine mulling new prisoner swap – Kiev

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The news comes after a massive exchange of prisoners on Sunday, with 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 64 civilians flown to Kiev

Ukraine rivals exchange 200 prisoners in controversial swap

Dec 29, 2019 - 5:51 PM

(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

PREPARATIONS. Ukrainian servicemen are seen in the settlement of Odradivka near the Mayorsk checkpoint prior to a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on December 29, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine rivals to swap prisoners on December 29 – separatists

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Kiev and the Donbass have reached an accord on an exchange of prisoners this Sunday, December 29,' says Donetsk government spokesperson

PRISONER SWAP. In this file photo, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) is talking with officers at the map during his visit to Donetsk region in October 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

1,525 returnees to spend Christmas in prison 3 months after GCTA controversy

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Only 827 out of the 2,352 returnees have been released after reprocessing, the Department of Justice confirms

Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite, ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, and KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim visited the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

China denies allegations of forced labor at Shanghai prison

Dec 23, 2019 - 4:28 PM

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

This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag behind razor wire at a housing compound in Yangisar, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. A recurrence of the Urumqi riots which left nearly 200 people dead a decade ago is hard to imagine in today's Xinjiang, a Chinese region whose Uighur minority is straitjacketed by surveillance and mass detentions. A pervasive security apparatus has subdued the ethnic unrest that has long plagued the region. GREG BAKER / AFP

Tesco halts Christmas card production after China inmate's message

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:32 AM

'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

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.

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.

1 prisoner dies in Bilibid every day, says new chief doctor

Nov 13, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Only 13 physicians attend to 47,326 prisoners in the country's 7 penal colonies

BILIBID. Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite, ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, and KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim visit the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019, amid allegations of worsening prison conditions. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

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

Agony continues for families shut out from Bilibid

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:45 PM

'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

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

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

British pedophile jailed for Malaysia abuse found dead in UK prison

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:27 AM

A UK Prison Service spokesman confirms Richard Huckle died on Sunday at Full Sutton Prison in northern England.

FOUND DEAD. A handout released by the British National Crime Agency on June 1, 2016 shows a custody picture of Richard Huckle who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by National Crime Agency/AFP

IED explodes inside New Bilibid Prison

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) An explosion hits the New Bilibid Prison's Maximum Security Compound Friday morning

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

LOOK: BuCor, police demolish shanties in Bilibid

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:35 PM

'Hindi naman natin iniintindi 'yung galit nila kasi wala naman silang karapatan, pribilehiyo lang 'yan na inabuso,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag

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

Bilibid hospital chief says 20% of maximum security inmates die every year

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:06 PM

That means around 5,200 maximum security inmates die every year due to contagious diseases, natural causes, and stab wounds

THOUSANDS DIE. New Bilibid hospital director CTSSupt Ernesto Tamayo says thousands of inmates die every year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'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

Bilibid inmates file 1st Supreme Court case vs new GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:13 AM

(UPDATED) The petitioners argue the DOJ's new internal rules amount to executive legislation and violate equal protection

PETITION VS GCTA IRR. Inmates of the New Bilibid Prison file a petition for certiorari and prohibition against the DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

DOJ: 2,139 GCTA-freed convicts back in jail

Sep 21, 2019 - 5:10 PM

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

REARREST. Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Qualified convicts surrender, won't leave Bilibid without clearance

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

RE-ARREST. Some convicts who are qualified for early release also surrender and are refusing to leave the New Bilibid Prison without a certification. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bilibid hospital has no showers, uses drums instead

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:24 PM

'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

PRISON. The New Bilibid Prison in Muntilupa. File photo by Rappler

Ex-Bilibid inmate: I saw dozens of 'strong' prisoners in jail hospital

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Former Bilibid inmate Jose Galario Jr says high-profile inmates kept cooks and watchmen inside the Bilibid hospital

NEW WITNESS. Jose Galario Jr former mayor of Valencia, Bukidnon and former police officer, and his daughter Miss Greizl G. Fernandez, take turns in informing the panel how they bribed a Bilibid hospital doctor. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor officer survives Bilibid knife attack

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The Department of Justice says the attacking prisoner suffers from schizophrenia

VIOLENCE IN BILIBID. A stabbing incident occurs inside the New Bilibid Prison hours before a Senate hearing on corruption that persists inside the prison facility. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NBI ordered to probe 'hospital pass for sale' scheme in Bilibid

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:14 PM

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

ANOTHER PROBE. The DOJ orders the NBI to order a new scheme to circumvent the country's prison system. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

With smuggled phones, drug lords 'still control operations' from Bilibid

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:35 PM

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

DRUGS. VACC president Arsenio Evangelista says the war on drugs is bound to fail if drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison still have access to their phones. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Gusto kong maiyak sa galit': Faeldon says first time to hear GCTA for sale claim

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(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

SACKED. Two former BuCor chiefs now senator Ronald dela Rosa, right, and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon chat minutes before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'I can soundly sleep,' says Faeldon after sacking

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the dismissal of Nicanor Faeldon is an 'initial step to prevent the spread of a dangerous wildfire'

GOODBYE. Sacked Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon bids goodbye to his staff immediately after President Rodrigo Duterte fired him over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez. Photo courtesy of Jose Diño

Zubiri wants Alcatraz-type 'heinous crime penitentiary'

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:20 AM

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'

ISLAND PRISONS. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri wants island prisons for heinous crimes convicts. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to decide fate of Faeldon, BuCor officials after GCTA law hearings

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says while the hearings are going on, its status quo for Faeldon and the other Bureau of Corrections officials

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Why am I not in favor of restorative justice

Sep 02, 2019 - 7:04 PM

'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

Good conduct time allowance may be for sale inside Bilibid – Hontiveros

Sep 02, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Faeldon says he does not believe he should resign

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson: Some convicts in Chiong sisters murder case now out of prison

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(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

CHIONG MURDER. The Chiong family reacting to the life imprisonment sentence in 1999. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Robot

Lacson says 4 Chinese drug lords released from Bilibid in June

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Immigration says the 4 Chinese nationals are currently detained in their warden's facility for deportation

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

Amid Sanchez news, senators split on amending reduced prison term law

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:21 AM

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

MAXIMUM SECURITY. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PNP: Releasing thousands of Bilibid inmates not cause for concern

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:55 PM

'Naniniwala tayo na after serving their time, may pagbabago na naganap sa kanilang buhay,' says Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac

NO THREAT. The Philippine National Police argues that convicts change after incarceration. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Retroactive law can slash 1990s convicts' jail terms by up to 19 years

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The retroactive application of the law on Good Conduct Time Allowance will result in the mass release of around 11,000 Bilibid inmates

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Brazil inmate found dead after foiled escape disguised as daughter

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:02 PM

(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

DISGUISE. Handout picture released by Rio de Janeiro's State Secretariat of Prison Administration showing Brazilian inmate Clauvino da Silva wearing a wig and a mask after been captured while trying to escape the Gericino prison complex, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 03, 2019. AFP PHOTO/SEAP

At least 52 dead in Brazil prison riot

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:10 AM

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

Brazilian riot police prepare to invade the Puraquequara Prison facility at Bela Vista community, Puraquequara neighborhood at the city of Manaus, Amazonas state on May 27, 2019. At least 40 inmates were killed in four jails in northern Brazil on Monday, authorities said, in the latest wave of violence to rock the country's severely overpopulated and dangerous prison system. Sandro Pereira / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Artworks by political prisoners show their plight

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The artworks, according to Kapatid, reflect the vigor and struggles of detained activists and human rights defenders

Artworks done by political prisoners are displayed in an exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, June 15. Photo by Justin Francia/Rappler