Detainees kick bars, make noise to protest jail security

DETAINEES of Cordova Police Station will no longer hear the gospel after they shamed the evangelists who tried to reform them and cursed a police official for cleaning their cell of contraband last Sunday afternoon.

Ayaw na nilang makinig ng magandang balita galing sa Panginoon (They don’t want to hear the Good News),” said Senior Insp. Clemente Ceralde Jr., the town police chief.

He said more than 90 detainees, mostly drug suspects, made noise by shouting and kicking the iron bars last Sunday night, after police seized nine mobile phones, lighters, and strips of tin foil from the detention cell.

The stockade is congested, after Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center stopped accepting inmates in August last year.

After the discovery of the contraband last week, Ceralde limited the visits of the detainees’ relatives.

This angered them.

Nanibago sila na mahigpit na (They didn’t like it),” he said. “Binastos nila ako. Gago daw ako, boang. Tinanggap ko na lang (They started to be rude to me).”

The official received information that some detainees sent text messages to their relatives and friends who are selling drugs, telling them that they saw anti-drug operatives moving out of the police station.

Ceralde said they read a warning from the cell phone of suspected drug pusher Ricardo Ando, who was killed after he engaged the police during buy-bust in Barangay Cogon last Saturday. The message reportedly came from Ando’s brother, a detainee.

One of the detainees smuggled shabu inside the cell.

Yung iba sa bintana inaabot tuwing madaling araw (Some of them handed the drugs through the window at dawn),” he said.

Last week, a riot ensued after a detainee accused another detainee of informing the police through text message about his involvement in selling shabu inside the cell.

Ceralde said a detainee’s relative filed a complaint before the Commission of Human Rights, accusing him of being abusive.

The official initiated the “Bless Our Prisoners” program, which aims to reform the detainees through Bible study and gives livelihood to their family.

He denied the allegation, saying he was the one who reached out to them by being not strict to their relatives’ visits.

Inabuso nila ang kabaitan ko (They abused my kindness),” Ceralde said.
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