Over 3,600 Cebu inmates demand changes in jail management

MORE than 3,600 inmates complained on Tuesday, February 6, against the alleged mismanagement happening at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City.

The detainees, in their petition paper, want the Cebu Provincial Government to make changes and they want a dialogue with Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III through their representative lawyer Inocencio de la Cerna Jr.

De la Cerna said some of the grievances include the suspension of visitation rights starting Wednesday, February 7, following the confiscation of contraband during greyhound operation on Friday, February 2.

CPDRC inmates' leader Dexter Agwanta led the signing of the petition paper.

Bohol Provincial Board Member Rey NiƱo Boniel, the alleged mastermind behind the death of his wife Bien Unido, Bohol Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel, is one of the petitioners.

The petition paper and inmates' signatures were endorsed on Tuesday morning, February 6, to the Office of the Governor. Davide was not around.

De la Cerna said the other inmates who are behaving well should be spared by any disciplinary action.

He said the vault, which kept more than P260,000 in cash, should not be confiscated, as it belongs to the inmates' cooperative.

The inmates, he said, who made transgressions should be the ones punished.

De la Cerna added that media should join in the greyhound operation as observers.

In a separate interview, CPDRC acting warden Roberto Legaspi said the relatives can still give things like toothbrush and toothpaste for personal hygiene.

He said they decided to suspend the visitation rights as they are still reviewing the security measures implemented in the facility.

Legaspi said they welcome any information from the inmates that can lead to persons who were responsible of sneaking contraband in CPDRC.

He said the visitation rights will be given back "until further notice." (KAL/SunStar Cebu)

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