BJMP: No search warrant needed vs. inmates

SAN CARLOS CITY — Search warrants are never needed to conduct search operations inside the jail.

This was stressed by City Jail Warden Matadio Patting of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in the city in reaction to the incident in Leyte’s sub-provincial jail in Baybay City that led to the deaths of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa and another inmate Raul Yap.

He said it is normal for BJMP personnel to search the cells under standard operating procedures (SOP) without need for a search warrant starting from inspecting and closely scrutinizing all items brought inside the jail.

Patting said, greyhound operation or search operations are conducted once a week to ensure that no prohibited items, i.e. drugs, gun, pointed weapons, metal spoons and forks or pointed toothbrush, etc, are smuggled inside the jail.

He added that inmates are also prohibited from cooking inside the facility.

BJMP San Carlos City provides three daily meals for the inmates with a daily meal allowance of P50 each, the meals are composed of one viand of vegetable, he said.

BJMP San Carlos City built to accommodate 180 maximum capacity is presently holding 330 inmates.

To accommodate all, the jail uses triple-decked box, he said and to help the inmates earn a living, they weave baskets for an exporter that pays them P12 per basket. (Nora Dominguez)