THE Senate has proposed the establishment of three modern maximum penal institutions (MPIs), either in military bases or in isolated islands in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao to house prisoners convicted of heinous crimes.
The Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights; Public Order and Dangerous Drugs; and Finance filed on September 17 Senate Bill (SB) 1055 under Committee Report 5, which seeks separate facilities for heinous crimes inmates.
Under SB 1055, the MPI should be located “in a secured and isolated place ensuring that there is no unwarranted contact or communication with those outside of the penal institution.”
The MPIs should be built in a suitable location to be determined by the Secretary of Justice, “preferably within a military establishment or in an island separate in the mainland.”
“There shall be established and maintained a secured, clean and sanitary penitentiary for the custody and rehabilitation of offenders serving their sentence for heinous crimes kept at the prison facilities of the Bureau of Corrections,” SB 1055 states.
“The transfer of inmates shall be made within a period of 30 days from the completion of the construction of the heinous crime facility,” it added.
SB 1055 was a consolidation of three measures — SBs 2, 983 and 1004 — seeking a separate facility for high-level offenders.
Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd earlier filed SB 2, which seeks to create regional jails to accommodate inmates from the different provinces.