• Miriam seeks probe of NBP

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    SEN. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Saturday slammed the giving of special favors to some high-profile inmates.

    “How can there be justice in our correctional system when we have a double standard between poor and rich inmates?” Santiago asked.

    The senator cited reports that some high-risk prisoners in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) enjoy air conditioned rooms, illegal drugs and alcohol.

    “These prisoners are supposed to be experiencing punishment for their crimes, not taking a vacation. They are making a mockery out of the justice system by turning our jails into their own private resorts,” Santiago said.

    These reports prompted the senator to file Senate Resolution No. 525, calling for a Senate investigation on the anomalous situation at the national penitentiary.

    “The same thing is happening in other prison complexes in the country. If this can happen in a maximum security compound, who knows what else happens in other jails?” she said.

    Santiago also filed Senate Bill No. 1759, or the “No Frills Prison Bill,” to eliminate “luxurious” prison conditions by mandating average standard living conditions and opportunities for every prisoner.

    Santiago’s proposed law prohibits access by all prisoners to certain luxuries such as TV sets, cellphones and computers. It also imposes additional restrictions for prisoners serving a sentence for violent crimes.

    “Under the equal protection clause of the Constitution, all persons similarly situated should receive similar treatment. It does not matter whether you’re a Johnny caught picking pockets or a Johnny charged with plunder. All detainees and prisoners, whether common criminals or senators, should have the same accommodations,” she said.

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    1. Bong Revilla wants an air cooler in his “jail” cell. Next thing you know, he’ll want and air conditioner plus, red wine with his steak and lobster. His jailers will be happy to oblige him of course. He’s got money. Other people’s money?

    2. eltee mulawin on

      I do agree too. And also Ms MS Defensor should file a Senate Bill for a Law and TO BE PART OF ELECTION CODE OR LAW too :
      >>> that prohibiting those convicted persons or individual EITHER SERVING HIS/ HER SENTENCE TERMS AND / OR GIVEN PARDON for crime such as RAPE, SMUGGLING, RUBBERY, MURDER, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, REBELLION, TREASON, GRAFT & CORRUPTION, MONEY LAUNDERING AND PLUNDER to any position in government executive, legislative, judiciary, local government, department, agency or institution and also NGO’s.

      >>>that any Presidential Appointee for cabinet members by passed two or more times by congress Commission on Appointment shall be automatically not confirmed /shall leave or considered vacant his/her position and President shall appoint new within 3 to 6 months period and presented / confirmed by Congress Commission on Appointment.

      >>>that any accused person or group of persons and indiviual for any civil or crime case shall not be or prohibited to be considered as a kind of witness, unless his/her own case was concluded and finished in finality by the court.

    3. eltee mulawin on

      I do agree too. And also Ms MS Defensor should a file a Senate Bill for a Law and TO BE PART OF ELECTION CODE OR LAW too :
      >>> that prohibiting those convicted persons or individual EITHER SERVING HIS/ HER SENTENCE TERMS AND / OR GIVEN PARDON for crime such as RAPE, SMUGGLING, RUBBERY, MURDER, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, REBELLION, TREASON, GRAFT & CORRUPTION, MONEY LAUNDERING AND PLUNDER to any position in government executive, legislative, judiciary, local government, department, agency or institution and also NGO’s.

      >>>that any Presidential Appointee for cabinet members by passed two or more times by congress Commission on Appointment shall be automatically not confirmed /shall leave or considered vacant his/her position and President shall appoint new within 3 to 6 months period and presented / confirmed by Congress Commission on Appointment.

      >>>that any accused person or group of persons and indiviual for any civil or crime case shall not be or prohibited to be considered as a kind of witness, unless his/her own case was concluded and finished in finality by the court.

    4. It’s been long over due! While everyone cries for justice, the poor and down-trodden is having “justi-is” ever since. Go for it, Madam Senator.

    5. I agree!!!

      If I had my way, those accused and convicted of plundering the people’s money should face the firing squad – especially those “PUBLIC SERVANTS” WHO TOOK AN OATH TO SERVE THE PUBLIC!

      There also should be a LAW PROHIBITING convicted felons from holding any public office (elected or appointed). I call on Senator Santiago to file such a bill.

    6. Madam Senator Miriam Santiago — We hope for an express passage and approval of your Senate Bill No. 1759, It is high time that officers tasked to execute the laws and manner of treating criminals are enforced to the letter. Mabuhay ka Madam Senador. Stop that double standard kind of justice system. There should be no special treatment because of AGE, social status, ethnicity or whatever special consideration. Men are born equal.

    7. Yes I agree, I am glad that the Senator objected to this special treatment by some criminals given favors by the prison system, this sounds fishy to me, perhaps bribery is the motivating factor. Needs probing.

    8. More power to you Sen. Miriam Santiago , we prayed for your well-being and unselfish dedication to serve our country especially for your indomitable courage to speak your mind pointing out what is proper and legal which many aggrieved and less fortunate Filipinos need to know and be aware of.