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BuCor chief Bantag open to Senate probe of Bilibid deaths

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Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag has assured he is open for any Senate inquiry over the deaths of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

Bantag made this assurance after detained Senator Leila De Lima has filed a resolution calling all concerned Senate committees to conduct an inquiry over the matter.

“Wala naman tayo tinatago doon. Okay lang yon,” Bangtag said.

The senator cited that there have 29 PDLs who have died in October during a 17-day period due to lack of basic necessities and proper medical treatment.

“These intolerable deaths are a ‘grisly record’ that cannot be set aside, but rather, deserves to be looked into and addressed with the help of an independent and compassionate eye of the Senate,” she said.

“Even though the PDLs are incarcerated due to their conflict with the law, there is no valid justification for treating them less than humans and subjecting them to subhuman conditions,” she added.

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