To: J/Sr. Insp Michelle Ng Bonto, BJMP-SICA1 Jail Warden
Fr: NDFP peace consultants, political detainees transferred from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, and other political detainees at the BJMP-SICA1 Jail
We, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants, political detainees transferred from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) – Special Intensive Care Area 1 (SICA 1) Jail, and other political detainees here at the SICA 1 Jail, consider as a furtherance to our accumulating problems here the fact that two more fellow political detainees (Joel Enano and Rex Villaflor) have again just been transferred here from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame last Nov. 4.
This, instead of transferring them to Cebu City, where they were earlier supposed to be transferred, for more practical considerations — as their court hearings are in Cebu City. For as long as they are not transferred to Cebu City, the problem and expense of having to bring them to Cebu City every time they have a court hearing scheduled there, have been removed from the hands of the PNP Custodial Center and transferred to that of the BJMP-SICA1 Jail authorities.
We ask that, either Enano and Villafor, for more practicality, be transferred instead to Cebu City, or else be returned to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, just as we ask the return, too, to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame of the others also foully transferred here from there in the past month.
In the meantime that the two continue to be detained here at the SICA 1 Jail, we ask that they be allowed to immediately join the rest of us, political detainees here at the right wing, 4th floor of the BJMP-SICA1 Jail, so that they would no longer be inconvenienced where they are presently separately detained — ala “bartolina” — at the so-called Inmates Classification and Counseling Unit (ICCU).
We reiterate, too, that we are also asking for our occupation, even if just temporarily, of a presently empty cell in the wing where we presently are, i.e., cell #11, that is supposedly reserved for the use of Tuberculosis-infected detainees here at the SICA 1 Jail. This, while there is presently no TB-infected detainee here at the SICA 1 Jail, and while there are many other empty cells in other wings of this jail.
In the meantime, too, we await the jail authorities’ or the court’s higher ups’ reversal of the recent orders to transfer political detainees here from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame on the pretext of the supposed congestion in the PNP Custodial Center — even if there are only one to two detainees per cell, and there are even empty cells there.
We hope for your and the higher offices’ consideration on this matter.
National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultants and
political detainees transferred to the SICA1 Jail
from the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame
Isidro de Lima
cf. NDFP Peace Panel
GPH Peace Panel
Public Interest Law Center
National Union of People’s Lawyers
Commission on Human Rights
International Committee of the Red Cross