Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

Church official condemns strip search in Philippine prison

Visitors to the country's jails undergo are stripped naked, subjected to an intimate search

Church official condemns strip search in Philippine prison

Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, raised concern on Oct. 10 over the 'dehumanizing' treatment of visitors to the country's national prison. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

October 11, 2017

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)


The head of the prison ministry of the Philippine bishops complained of the "dehumanizing" treatment visitors to the country's national penitentiary undergo.

Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, said visitors are forced to remove their clothes and subjected to an "intimate search."

"There's no exemption ... even our volunteers and chaplains are stripped naked," he said, adding that the policy has prevented visits to the maximum compound of the New Bilibid Prison.

Diamante said even some prison ministry workers who attend to the needs of the sick prisoners are now reluctant to come for a visit.

Church activities in the prison are also affected.

"We are holding our activities at the minimum compound because we want to keep our guests away from the dehumanizing way of entering the jail," Diamante told ucanews.com.

He called on the Department of Justice to look into the issue. "Hopefully they will be able to act on it. There is something really wrong about this," said Diamante.

He said there are "many other ways of searching for contraband" without "dehumanizing the visitors."

Diamante raised his concern on Oct. 10 as the Catholic Church marked the observance of the World Day Against Death Penalty.

In a statement, Diamante said the move to restore capital punishment in the country is "unenlightened, counter-productive, and counter-progressive."

He said the reimposition of capital punishment will be an "affront" to human dignity and called the government to avoid "quick fix solutions" to crimes.

Diamante said the death penalty is the "easy way out" of addressing the "complex and pervasive" problems of criminality.

UCAN needs your support to continue our independent journalism
Access to UCAN stories is completely free of charge - however it costs a significant amount of money to provide our unique content. UCAN relies almost entirely on donations from our readers and donor organizations that support our mission. If you are a regular reader and are able to support us financially, please consider making a donation. Click here to donate now.
La Civiltà Cattolica
 

LATEST

Support Our Journalism

Access to UCAN stories is completely free of charge - however it costs a significant amount of money to provide our unique content. UCAN relies almost entirely on donations from our readers and donor organizations that support our mission. If you are a regular reader and are able to support us financially, please consider making a donation.

Quick Donate

Or choose your own donation amount