CITY OF MALOLOS – The number of persons deprived of liberty or PDL detained at the Bulacan Provincial Jail (BPJ) has declined to 1,696 according to Gov. Daniel R. Fernando as he announced it during the observation and kick off ceremony of 5 Pillars of Criminal Justice System in Bulacan held coinciding the face-to-face Monday Flag Ceremony at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city this morning.
Provincial Jail Warden Retired Col. Marcos Rivero stated that the said numbers came from more than 4,000 PDL detained at the Provincial Jail during the onset of pandemic.
Rivero said that Fernando has ordered him to make an effort to put into order the said facility, as well as to make the situation better inside the jail.
In one with the 5 Pillars of Criminal Justice, Fernando pushed to lessen jail detention wherein hundreds who were already sentenced were transferred at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa; implementation of Drug Dependency Exam which is a way for a plea bargain of a drug suspect or an admission of crime or offense commission in exchange of a lighter sentence and implementation of E-dalaw among others.
The governor added that there will be additional computers and upgrading of the internet connection at BPJ in response to the challenges brought by modern technology as the world adapts to the ’new normal’.
Fernando also instructed the PNP to intensify the peace and order situation for the sake of every Bulakenyo wherein he requested a stricter control and checkpoint of motorcycle riders to prevent possible conduct of crimes.
Meanwhile, with the theme “FACTA, NON VERBA: REIMAGINING CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY”, this year’s observation aimed to continuously ensure the awareness of each Bulakenyo about the challenges and improvements on the current law and jurisprudence.
Executive Judge Olivia Escubio-Samar of Bulacan Regional Trial Court, PNP Acting Bulacan Provincial Director PCOL Charlie Cabradilla, Provicial Prosecutor Ramoncito Bienvenido Ocampo, Jr. represented by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Mark Mendoza, head of Bulacan Public Attorney’s Office Atty. Kristine Kay David- Manuel, heads of the Office of the Parole and Probation Administration Isagani Villena and Cesar Lopez and Provincial Jail Warden Col. Rivero represented by Retired Col. Rizalino Andaya received certificate of appreciation and recognition for their unwavering contributions in the implementation of 5 Pillars of Criminal Justice System.
Also, included in the lined up activities are tree planting to be participated in by 200 rangers on August 9 at the First Scout Ranger Regiment, Camp Tecson, San Miguel to protect the natural resources and environment in the province and Lecture-Seminar on Human Rights Law wherein the topics on Fundamental Concepts of Human Rights and Bill of Rights by Kernell Sonny Salazar and Arrest and Search and Seizure by Atty. Al Joseph Javier will be discussed. ###