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CHR to conduct own probe into deadly Caloocan jail riot

January 12, 2022 - Wednesday 4:01 PM by GDM

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The Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday said it will be look into the Caloocan City Jail riot that left six inmates dead and more than 30 others hurt.

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement the commission is “concerned with this trend of jail riots,” as it noted that the riot in Caloocan happened days after the violent incident at the New Bilibid Prison, which the rights watchdog also looked into.

She noted that in both incidents, inmates were reported to have used improvised weapons.

“We reiterate our call for detention officials to increase efforts on clearing operations to ensure that no PDL has access to deadly weapons,” De Guia added.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology reported on Tuesday that six inmates were killed and 33 were hurt in the riot that erupted between two groups.

The Bureau of Corrections meanwhile last week reported that three Persons Deprived of Liberty were killed and 14 were injured on January 2 in a violent incident that stemmed from verbal heckling among inmates of adjacent dormitories.

De Guia said that the CHR, as lead agency in Interim National Preventive Mechanism, has consistently recommended for measures to combat cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment inside prison cells, which includes ensuring no weapons reach inside jail cells to prevent violence.

“We urge jail wardens and officials to take cognizance of this incident and investigate whether security lapses were committed in previous contraband clearing operations to ensure that this incident will no longer be repeated,” she added.

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