BuCor Chief Did Not Disclose Identities Of Inmates Who Died Of COVID-19
BUCOR CHIEF – Bureau of Corrections director-general Gerald Bantag said that he refused to disclose the names of inmates who died due to COVID-19.
He made a statement after an inmate named Jaybee Sebastian, who is a key witness of a drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.
According to Inquirer, eight more high profile inmates at the same area were also dead due to COVID-19.
“Indeed there are PDL (persons deprived of liberty) who died due to COVID-19. However, as much as we want to inform the public with respect to the names of PDL who died due to COVID-19, the data privacy act prohibits us from doing so,”
Bantag also said that the BuCor is doing its best to address the COVID-19 issue in their facilities.
“In fact, we have a high rate of recovery and we are glad to report to the public that all our interventions appear to be doing well and effective,”
Based on the report, the bureau collaborated with government agencies, international organizations, and non-government organizations in order to enhance its drive in dealing with the outbreak.
The said eight inmates who died of COVID-19 were among the 66 inmates of Building 14.
Building 14 is the most secured facility within the Maximum Security Compound and houses high-profile inmates of the NBP (New Bilibid Prison). Among those occupying Building 14 were mostly convicted drug dealers.
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