ACTING Governor Agnes Magpale said Joavan Fernandez will not be harmed inside the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), but he won’t get any special treatment.
Joavan was transferred to the CPDRC last Wednesday after he and two other companions were arrested in the southwestern town of Moalboal last Monday. They were preparing to board two pump boats for Negros Oriental.
“I read that the other inmates teased and bullied him. I just said that I wanted to make sure nothing untoward (will) happen to him,” Magpale told reporters in Cebuano.
She said Joavan’s father, Talisay City Mayor Socrates “Soc” Fernandez, and Rep. Eduardo Gullas (Cebu, 1st district) have not called her.
No extra measures
She also said the CPDRC didn’t implement extra security measures even though Joavan
was able to escape from his jailers at the Talisay Police Station last May 8.
The CPDRC is currently under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology as a result of a Commission on Elections resolution, but it will be turned over back to the Province on June 13.
Mayor Soc visited Joavan yesterday afternoon and brought him some food.
He was accompanied by a lawyer and a friend, said Acting Warden Senior Insp. Dennis Aliño.
However, the mayor didn’t stay long, Aliño added.
For breakfast yesterday, Joavan ate prison food with the other inmates, he said.
“Nikaon ra man sad siya sa rasyon (He ate the food ration),” added Aliño.
He said he talked with Joavan before the latter met with his father, and Joavan
reportedly promised to abide by prison rules.
Aliño said Joavan is still adjusting to life inside and has yet to familiarize with prison rules.
Jail consultant Romeo Manansala said he also advised Joavan not to give the staff any problem.
Manansala said Joavan is secure in his cell on the second floor. Not only is it visible to guards, but the corridor also has closed-circuit television cameras, he said.
He also said the facility is on maximum alert.
Meanwhile, Manansala said one of Joavan’s cell mates makes souvenir items that the facility sells.
He said Joavan can learn to make these if he gets bored.
Joavan, he said, also volunteered to donate paint for the facility’s chapel.
Members of the Special Reaction Team and the Moalboal police brought Joavan to the facility at 11:45 a.m. last Wednesday.
Judge Leopoldo Cañete of the Regional Trial Court in Barili signed Joavan’s commitment order.
As for the two companions who were arrested with him, they are still detained in the Moalboal Police Station.