High-risk inmates on tight watch in Iloilo

January 3, 2012 10:18 am 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 02 — The Iloilo Provincial Integrated Jail (IPIJ) or formerly called the Iloilo Rehabilitation Center (IRC) based in Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo has placed the “high-risk” inmates under strict security.

Currently, 95 percent of the 673 inmates are considered high-risk, said IPIJ Jail Warden Supt. Joel Superficial.

Inmates classified as high-risks are those with cases that are highly sensational, have the capability for escaping, and are prominent individuals like members of the terrorist group that were charged of rebellion.

“Categorizing inmates inside the rehabilitation will help us to maximize our present personnel”, he said.

One of the inmates considered as high-risk is Dennis Cartagena, suspect in killing Ajuy Vice Mayor Ramon Rojas in May 2008 and nine members of the terrorist group.

Although, Cartagena has no tendency to escape since he voluntarily surrendered but his case is very controversial considering that he killed a politician.

Meanwhile, the Iloilo provincial government has allocated P 10 million for the construction of IRC unfinished fence last year.

Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. said the completion of the fence would prevent inmates from escaping.

Defensor wants the rehabilitation center to serve as the second home of all the detainees and discourage inmates not to escape from jail while on their healing process.

He assured inmates to support their trainings and other programs like agriculture and livelihood.(PNA) RMA/AJP/MGCaoyonan/vlo

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