30K jail inmates cast votes

BUREAU of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) officer-in-charge Chief Supt. Allan Iral yesterday said 29,839 out of the 37,534 or 79.50 percent of the registered persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) were able to cast their votes but only for the national positions.

Iral stressed that no untoward incidents were recorded during conduct elections in jails nationwide.

Iral lauded his men, especially the officers who safely escorted the 2,118 PDLs to off-sites or outside poll areas.

The other 27,721 PDLs were made to vote inside designated special polling precincts.

During Monday’s polls, Iral personally visited jail facilities in Las Piñas, Muntinlupa and Makati to observe the conduct of voting process among the inmates.

“We are thankful that the conduct of election is orderly and peaceful. . . I’m glad that we were able to ensure the safe and secured conduct of voting in jails,” Iral said.

The BJMP is on full alert since Friday and has activated the Task Force “Tutok Halalan” to help address regional concerns to be relayed to the Commission on Elections.

In accordance with the existing policies and guidelines of the BJMP on detainee voting, special polling places were established in 207 jail facilities for on-site voters while there are 200 jails with registered off-site voters.

The BJMP supervises 478 district, city and municipal jails across the country.  

As of May 13 2019, the BJMP registered a total of 136,903 PDLs under its care.