THERE are no more requirements for arrested persons to undergo medical examination.

The usual practice is that before arrested persons are detained, they are subjected to a medical examination to make sure they are in good health before being sent behind bars.

This requires documents, such as court orders, making the process longer.

In a press conference yesterday, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella said the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), the City Health Department, Cebu City Police and Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) have agreed to waive the requirements.

Arresting officers will no longer have to submit the arrest order and court order to CCMC for faster processing.

Labella said this is aimed at making the process a lot faster, not at giving the suspects preferential treatment.

Special treatment

“They will be treated like ordinary patients and there will be no special treatment,” Labella said.

He said many police officers who are tasked to bring the suspects to CCMC complain about the lengthy process of medical tests.

Along with its waiving the required documents, CCMC will accommodate suspects 24 hours a day.

The Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center extended their closing time from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to accommodate the prisoners.