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Could not be reached daw! DOJ claims attempts to reach Muntinlupa politikos unsuccessful

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Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete on Thursday (April 23) defended the decision of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to transfer to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City of 18 female inmates with the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and local government officials have already expressed opposition to the transfer as they pointed out the local government was not informed about the BuCor’s move.

“We wish to emphasize however that while as a courtesy, the attempts of our BuCor officials to inform them of the plan to bring into the NBP quarantine site failed as the relevant local official could not be reached,” Perete stressed.

On the other hand, the Undersercetary expressed understanding over the local government’s concern.

“In any event, we like assure the local government of Muntinlupa and the city residents that all precautions and protocols were complied with in the transportation of the individuals from CIW (Correctional Institute for Women),” he said.

“More importantly, the quarantine facility within the NBP was constructed in accordance with WHO (World Health Organization) and DOH (Department of Health) standards, and its management will comply with stringent health protocols,” he also assured.

With this, Perete asked the local government of its “utmost understanding and help to minimize the risk of infection in all communities, including the communities in our penal farms and colonies.”

“We are confident that everyone shares our concern in promoting and protecting the health and well-being of every Filipino, including our brethren who are in prison,” he stated.

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