AMAS, Kidapawan City: Inmates at the North Cotabato Provincial Jail here held hostage a jail guard for four hours Monday, demanding fair treatment from jail officials.
Leaders of the 834 inmates freed Senior Jail Guard Officer II Samuel Sunico after North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza promised to launch an inquiry into their grievances.
The inmates had tied Sunico to a chair and blindfold him.
Sr. Supt. Danny Peralta, North Cotabato police chief, ordered his officers to surround the jail while negotiations for the guard’s release were going on.
The inmates submitted a two-page list of 14 complaints ranging from feeding the inmates spoiled food, indecent physical search of female visitors to favoritism by jail guards.
Journalists learned that a mess officer of the jail wanted to be transferred to another assignment because of “excessive cuts” in the meal budget for prisoners.
“Inmates are also human beings. They also have rights… We will look into their grievances and help provide what is due them,” an emissary of Taliño-Mendoza quoted her as saying.
Moh I. Saaduddin