MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the courts in the country to temporarily suspend the issuance of commitment order for the transfer of convicted inmates from detention facilities to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
In a circular posted on the Supreme Court’s Twitter page, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said that all convicted persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who should have been transferred to the BuCor should remain in the facilities of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) from July 29 to August 31, 2020.
READ: OCA Circular No. 125-2020— Supreme Court Public Information Office (PIO) (@SCPh_PIO) July 29, 2020
TO: All Judges of the First and Second Level Courts Nationwide
RE: SUSPENSION OF THE COMMITMENT ORDERS FOR THE TRANSFER OF PERSONS DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY (PDLs) FROM THE JAIL FACILITIES OF THE BUREAU OF CORRECTIONS pic.twitter.com/fdKgKXRsNO
This is in line with the request of BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag to the Office of the Court Administrator to temporarily suspend the issuance of commitment orders to BuCor to prevent the further contamination of COVID-19 and to minimize the movement of inmates.
Both the BuCor and the BJMP have recorded cases of COVID-19 in their facilities with reported fatalities.
Detained persons awaiting or facing trials are placed under the custody of the BJMP while those convicted are under the BuCor.
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