Study reveals 400 prisoners wrongfully thrown in jail

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A national litigation and public policy organization reveals some 400 prisoners in the country who were wrongfully convicted by the court—most are charged with rape.

Rudy Diamante, Innocence Project member and executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC) said they are conducting a study, which they found “a big number of wrongful conviction cases” in the country.

Diamante noted that most prisoners who were wrongfully convicted are those accused with rape.

“We traced who are the wrongfully convicted at marami,” Diamante said.


He added that they had already interviewed the 400 prisoners, adding that they are now checking the documents to support their claim.

The UP and Ateneo DNA group are also conducting the same study, Diamante said.
In the study, he explained that their group are handling at least ten cases that can still be reopened.

The group is composed of human rights advocates in Ateneo, UP Law School and De La Salle University College of Law, headed by Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno.

Aside from the CBCP, the Coalition against death penalty is also a member of the Innocence group.

“We are trying to document ‘yung mga wrongful conviction cases para may maibigay na argument sa mga senador na gustong magpanatili ng death penalty,” he said.

Meanwhile the CBCP-ECPPC expressed their strong opposition to some legislators and some sectors’ call to revive the death penalty in the country.

“The CBCP-ECPPC considers this effort [death penalty]to be an unenlightened, counter-productive, and counter-progressive move,” it said in a statement.

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