50 Minors in
At least 50 minors are
languishing in different jails in the Cordillera region, Northern Luzon,
jail officials revealed last week. Of these, 26 are undergoing trial in
Baguio City’s courts for crimes with some cases as heinous as rape.
By Lyn V. Ramo
Posted by Bulatlat
BAGUIO CITY -
At least 50 juveniles are languishing in different jails in the Cordillera
region, northern Luzon, officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and
Penology (BJMP) revealed at the Kapihan Hour with the Cordillera
Association of Regional Executives (CARE) last week.
Of these, 26
are undergoing trial in this city’s courts for crimes some of which are as
heinous as rape. Trials may be suspended against the minor offenders, as
provided for by Philippine penal laws.
official of the Parole and Probation Administration in the region said
that no government agency is taking care of minor offenders at present.
Lawyer Miguel Cawi, city jail warden, said that even local social welfare
authorities admitted that they have no facility for the rehabilitation of
The basement of
the city jail serves as detention units for minors. Cawi said there are
young detainees who have been behind bars for as long as two years.
Parole and Probation Regional Director Imelda Capili hopes that the
country’s present fragmented criminal justice system would create one
office to handle the juveniles’ cases.
departments handle correctional cases at present. These are, according to
Capili, the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Department of Interior and
Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD). The DOJ handles parole cases, correctional,
correctional institution for women and the penal colonies; the provincial
jails are directly under the provincial governor; and minor offenders are
handled by the DSWD.
na lang" (I wish only one department handles all these), Capili said,
adding that no agency is taking care of juvenile delinquents.
officer Liza Bulayungan said that her office gives follow-up care once the
detainees are released from jail.
Two branches of
the Regional Trial Court, Branches 4 and 59 under Judge Amado S. Caguioa
and Judge Illuminada C. Cortes, respectively, handle cases against youth
offenders. Northern Dispatch / Bulatlat
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