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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

Martial Law-era group relaunched to call for release of political prisoners

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Kapatid, originally established in 1978 under the Marcos dictatorship, seeks to have political prisoners freed and to promote basic rights

Romania's ruling party strongman begins jail sentence

May 27, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The verdict will almost certainly remove from public life a man who was widely seen as the puppet master behind the Social Democrats and the government they lead

JAILED. This file photo taken on April 15, 2019 shows Romania's Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea (C) leaving the High court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) after his last appeareance before the court in the 'fake jobs' case. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Prison riot in Tajikistan leaves 32 dead

May 20, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Five of the inmates and 3 guards are killed by ISIS prisoners during the riot on Sunday, the justice ministry says in a statement

[OPINION] Bilibid: A semblance of Paradise

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Bilibid is a prison, but it is a community – a community even more alive than the noiseless, walled, camera-secured, and luxurious villages we all aspire to live in

Photo from Shutterstock

FALSE: Video of De Lima 'partying in Bilibid'

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:10 PM

The video is actually of Senator Leila de Lima celebrating her 56th birthday in August 2015 at the quadrangle of the Department of Justice, when she was still DOJ secretary

Sudan's Bashir moved to prison as protesters rally

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:39 PM

(3rd UPDATED) Witnesses near the prison in north Khartoum say there is a heavy deployment of soldiers and members of a paramilitary group outside

IN PRISON. Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison. File photo from Shutterstock

They spoke to dozens of jailed extremists, and here's what they learned

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The Philippines confines terrorists on trial away from other types of crime suspects. Filipino and Australian researchers say this approach might only intensify the inmates' extremism.

De Lima wants court to charge Bilibid convicts in drug cases

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:56 AM

‘It would be a complete travesty of justice should the Honorable Court sanction the arbitrary and wrongful exclusion from the Information of those who had actual participation in the illegal drug trade,’ says De Lima

DRUG CASE. Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima attends the hearing of her drug case inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) court on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

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.

Sandiganbayan sends former DPWH exec to Bilibid

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The anti-graft court says it cannot grant the request of former DPWH Bicol regional director Eleno Colinares Jr to be confined in a hospital for cancer treatment

BILIBID. This file photo shows the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Refugee's book written on WhatsApp wins Australia's richest literary prize

Feb 01, 2019 - 10:58 AM

The imprisoned Behrouz Boochani, a Kurd journalist and filmmaker, says he wrote his book 'No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison' bit-by-bit using WhatsApp


[OPINION] 'We have to stand up for the children'

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:18 PM

After performing for prisoners in New York, it broke my heart when one of them said, 'we have nothing but time'

[ANALYSIS] Why jailing kids is not just cruel, it’s stupid too

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?

Rappers Jay-Z, Meek Mill launch effort to slash US prison population

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:58 AM

REFORM Alliance is putting an initial $50 million toward 'disabling the revolving door of probation and parole'

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Indonesia frees Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence from prison

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:49 PM

(UPDATED) It is likely that Renae Lawrence will be deported shortly after her release

BALI NINE. In this file photo taken on October 21, 2005, Australian Renae Lawrence holds hands with relative as she asks for support before her trial at a court in Denpasar. File photo by Ardiles Rante/AFP

WATCH: Lullabies in prison

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

An Iloilo-based filmmaker and teacher gives us a glimpse into the lives of women imprisoned at the Iloilo City Jail

Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years – U.S. admiral

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Rear Admiral John Ring, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, says he has orders 'to make sure the facilities' at the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 'are going to last for 25 years'

A physical therapy room for older detainees is seen at the US Guantanamo Naval Base on October 16, 2018, in Guantanamo Base, Cuba. The Guantanamo prison, which houses detainees accused of participating in the 9/11 attacks, is to remain open for at least 25 years, said US Navy Admiral John Ring, commander of the base. Sylvie LANTEAUME / AFP

WATCH: 'The Butcher' is home no more

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Once a decorated military general, Jovito Palparan is now just one among thousands of convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison

INSIDE BILIBID. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Reception and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Suffer in prison? Palparan says he 'enjoys' Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'Hindi naman ako nahihirapan kasi mababait ang nakakulong dito,' says retired military general Jovito Palparan during his first morning at the national penitentiary

HAPPY IN JAIL. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No VIP treatment for Palparan in Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Kung kailangan niyang matulog sa karton, sa karton siya matulog,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa

'THE BUTCHER' IN BILIBID. Retired Major General Jovito Palparan shares a quarantine jail facility with 37 other convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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.

Palparan to be moved to Bilibid soon – DOJ

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The earliest would be morning of Thursday, October 4, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

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