Freedom for old convicts eyed

September 18, 2019

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he will ask prison officials or Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to fast track the release of aging prisoners at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

“‘Yung mga may sakit na at talagang matatanda na. Ako mag-set ako. 70 years old o 75. Hindi na marunong mang-holdup ‘yan. ‘Di na makatakbo ‘yan,” Duterte told reporters Tuesday. “Wala na ‘yan eh. Lalo na ‘yung mga 80s. What’s the use of keeping them there?

Duterte said prisoners who have stayed in jail for several decades would no longer want to get out.

“‘Yang lumampas na 30, 25 years, hindi na maghanap ng babae ‘yan. They have acquired latent homosexuality. Wala na ‘yan silang desire makipaghalikan sa babae,” he said without providing proof. “Hindi sila bakla, pero ‘yun na ang buhay nila doon. Nandoon ang mga lovers nila.”

Godfrey Gamboa, an NBP inmate who testified before the Senate on alleged corruption in the Bureau of Corrections, has said that older prisoners sometimes die without even getting a chance to be set free, while inmates from the maximum security compound usually get out of jail.

Old convict yields

An old convict surrendered two days before the deadline for the surrender of those released through GCTA.

A 77-year-old man, who was convicted of murder, frustrated murder and attempted murder, and was released for good conduct gave himself up to policemen and was accompanied to the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City the other day.

Marcos Talatala of Bgy. Old Bulihan, Silang went to the barangay captain who brought him to the police station where he was booked for his surrender, two days before the deadline given by President Duterte.

The old man handed his released order which was signed by Nicanor E. Faeldon, the then BuCor Director.

With Celso Lidot