Over 200 inmates receive pardon for not escaping from damaged jail during Yolanda

  • More than 200 inmates received pardon for not escaping from a damaged jail during Typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught
  • A 58-year-old man, together with 233 other inmates, were released from the penal colony in Barangay Cagbolo, Abuyog, Leyte
  • Also, Bureau of Corrections released the convicted criminals from Leyte Prison and Penal Farm to decongest prison facilities

More than 200 inmates received pardon for not escaping from a damaged jail during typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught.

In an article written by Joey A. Gabieta of Leyte Samar Daily Express, it was disclosed that a 58-year-old man, together with 233 other inmates, were released from the penal colony in Barangay Cagbolo, Abuyog, Leyte.

The prisoners got their release paper from Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Benjamin de los Santos. The release was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

“All I want now is to be with my family and my grandchildren and perhaps, try a small business…. I don’t want to return here. I feel alone here. But now, I feel happy that I am to be released from prison,” said 58-year-olf Victor Lagman.

Penal Chief Gerardo Aro said the release of the prisoners could help decongest the facility.

“This will address decongestion. The ideal capacity of the facility is just 800 but as of today, we have close to 2,000 inmates,” Aro said.

De los Santos, in his message to the inmates, including those who were released, issued an appeal to them not to engage in the illegal drugs trade being waged by the current administration.

“So behave boys so you will not return here,” he said.

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