Jails on red alert

December 29, 2018

THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology - National Capital Region (BJMP-NCR) has placed all jails on red alert for the New Year celebration.

BJMP-NCR director Chief Supt. Ignacio Panti said like in the Christmas break an influx of visitors are still expected with inmates welcoming the new year with their loved ones.

In his directive, Panti said that all wardens should be on top of the situation while personnel and gate officers are on alert round-the-clock to avoid any incident of riots, smuggling of contraband and daring escapes.

Citing previous instances, the BJMP official said that jail officers should always be on the lookout for inmates who have no visitors since this could be the time when they think of breaking out of jail.

Although every day is alert day, December 30, 31 and January 1, according to Panti, are very critical noting the number of visitors coming in and out of every prison.

The heightened alert is aimed at making personnel prepared for other incidents like the fire at the Antipolo City Jail that caused a stampede resulting in the death of an 84-year-old detainee and injury to 23 others.

One inmate took advantage of the situation and escaped. He however surrendered the next day.  

In that situation, jail officers although shorthanded were able to bring the injured to the hospital and transfer other detainees to a safe place.

The top NCR official said that he has also deployed two teams from the regional office to conduct every day inspections of all Metro jails.

Under a red alert status, all leave of absences are cancelled.