Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday (Feb. 27) assured he will look into allegations that convicted retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan is enjoying special treatment at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“I will look into this allegation,” he said.
“It has always been the policy of the DoJ to ensure that all PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) in correctional facilities are treated uniformly, subject to only a few exceptions based on humanitarian grounds,” he added.
Guevarra said he has already instructed Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco to look into the claims.
The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) made the allegations that Palparan has been receiving special treatment at the Bilibid despite his conviction in September 2018 for kidnapping and serious illegal detention of two missing University of the Philippines (UP) students.
The NUPL said Palparan has been brought to the Bilibid’s maximum security compound.
Instead, it said Palparan has been “overstaying at the Directorate for Reception and Diagnostics (DRD) of the NBP, where inmates undergo evaluation for not more than 60 days.”
“At the DRD, Palparan has been acting as ‘governor’ or ‘mayor de mayores’ to about 1,500 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and given unbridled access to the computer and the internet and many other privileges that are otherwise deprived to other inmates,” the NUPL said.