Manila jail inmates call on Erap to fire warden

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About 500 members of the Sige-Sige Sputnik Gang on Thursday started a noise barrage inside the Manila City Jail to air their grievances against the jail warden Lyndon Torres.

At noontime, Sputnik members went on top of the prison’s roof carrying streamers, metal pipes, and wood blocks and planks and started hammering the prison’s roof to call the attention of the media and the mayor elect Joseph “Erap” Estrada of Manila. According to the group, the inmates can no longer tolerate what warden Torres has been doing inside the prison.

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Inmates conduct a noise barrage at the Manila City Jail

“Patalsikin si warden dahil lagi kaming may ‘takal'” The Manila Times overheard during the noise barrage.

Takal refers to the beating of an inmate with a paddle by jail guards.

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Kayong mga taga-media, sabihin nyo ayaw na namin kay warden. Tawagin nyo din si Mayor Erap, siya ang gusto naming makausap.” One of the leaders of the gang said over the microphone.

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