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City Legal Officer warns Jail Warden of contempt


City Legal Officer, Atty. Jesus Carbon yesterday warned Jail Warden Chief Insp. Ervin Diaz that he could be cited for contempt if he refuses to accept inmates in the jail facility.

Carbon was reacting to earlier reports quoting Diaz as saying that the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center can only accommodate 2,500 prisoners.

According to Diaz, the capacity of the jail facility is already overcrowded and can only facilitate 80 more inmates.

“El losdemas preso puede anay esta na maga selda del pulis,” Diaz said in an interview.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco - Salazar also asked Diaz to put in writing his concerns so the city government can act on it.

“We cannot also tell the police to stop doing their job or stop arresting people if they commit crimes,” Climaco said.

At present, Climaco said, the city government is looking for a site for the construction of a new jail facility.

The BJMP has already appropriated P194 million for the construction of a new jail facility in this city. The city government will provide the lot where to build the said facility.

“We are already negotiating for the acquisition of the property,” Climaco said.(Nonong Santiago)

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