PNP lacks funds to feed detainees


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) does not have enough funds to feed detainees locked up in police stations across the country, a senior police official said on Wednesday.

The director of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO), Chief Supt. Dennis Siervo, told reporters in Camp Crame in Quezon City that there are times that policemen themselves pay for the meals of the detainees.

The police official said P50 is earmarked daily for food expenses of the detainees.

As of December 2015, according to Siervo, there are around 1,980 law offenders held at detention cells in police stations nationwide and around P300,000 daily is needed for their food expenses.

If a law offender will be detained in police stations for a year, he will require P106,000 for his food allocation.

For this reason, Siervo said, they are appealing to the Department of Justice and the courts to expedite the process for issuance of commitment orders for offenders to be transferred to the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.


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