Speedy release of sick, elderly inmates mulled

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra and other prison officials to expedite the release of sick and elderly inmates who are detained inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra and other prison officials to expedite the release of sick and elderly inmates who are detained inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte wanted to expedite the release of sick and elderly inmates who are detained inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Duterte on Tuesday said he will ask Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary Menardo Guevarra and prison officials for the early release.

“Mag-set ako, 70 years old or 75, 70. Hindi na marunong mag-holdup ‘yan. Hindi na makatakbo ‘yan. O kung takot ka pa kay serial rapist, ipaputol na lang muna mo diyan sa founder nila bago palabasin,” Duterte added.

“Wala na ‘yan eh. Lalo na ‘yung mga 80s. What’s the use of keeping them there?” he said.

Duterte, meanwhile, admitted some inmates above 70 years old refused to get out of the national penitentiary as they were considered outcasts in the society.

“Alam mo ba ‘yang nasa kulungan na umabot na ng 15, 20 years? Ayaw nang lumabas ‘yan,” Duterte said. “‘Yang sa penal colony, ‘pag ini-release mo, maghanap ‘yan ng problema.”

“Mag-holdup ng one time ‘yan, mag-enjoy, tapos gustong bumalik ng presohan. Kasi ang buhay nila for the last 20 years, nandiyan na sa kulungan. Kuntento na ‘yan sa kanila,” he added.

The NBP is one of the penal colonies under the control and supervision of the Bureau of Corrections./PN

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