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‘Wag pabayaan! Group asks DOJ: Keep inmates safe from COVID-19

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been asked on Monday (June 1) to ensure that persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) are protected from the deadly 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).

“While we ask the Supreme Court to heed the petition filed by 22 political prisoners, we urge the Department of Justice and the prison agencies to provide transparent reports on jail conditions necessary to create holistic policies to make sure that no one is left behind in the fight against the new coronavirus,” said Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim in a statement.

Lim made the call after the DOJ reported that Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has at least 161 PDLs and 33 personnel who tested positive for the virus.

Aside from this, she cited the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) also recorded 517 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, Lim continues to prod the government to release PDLs who are vulnerable to COVID-19.

“No one deserves to die! We strongly ask the government to heed our calls as every second is critical in saving the lives of our loved ones from the lethal COVID-19 contagion,” Fides said.

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