City Legal: Jail warden cannot refuse prisoners PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:04

By R.G ANTONET GO

City Legal Officer (Ret) Judge Jesus Carbon has warned the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC) jail warden against refusing prisoners due to the facility’s overcrowded condition.

“The city jail warden cannot refuse receiving prisoners, he will be held in contempt,” said Carbon.

Carbon said that Zamboanga city Reformatory Center Warden J/Chief Inspector Ervin Diaz should find a way to accommodate the prisoners who are expected to pour into the facility due to intensified anti illegal drug operations by the police.

Carbon suggested using an unused facility at the San Ramon Penal Farm constructed to  accommodate Abu Sayyaf prisoners who became the subject of a rescue attempt in January 2015.

The facility however remained unused after it was rejected by then Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas.

It was however reported that former Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima approved the use of the facility.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar expressed her agreement to Carbon’s position saying “ We cannot tell the law enforcers not to do their jobs.”

Climaco has directed City Planning Officer Engr Rodrigo Sicat to fast track the purchase of a property for the construction of a new reformatory centre.

Climaco however said that the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) should shoulder costs for fencing and landscaping of the property.

Carbon and Salazar issued their opinions in relation to a recent statements made by  Diaz refusing to accept inmates above the 2,500 capacity of the city jail.

This is supported by Supreme Court Circular No 270-2016  directing a temporary suspension of committing inmates to congested jail facilities due to the increase in the number of inmates nationwide. (RGAAGo)