BuCor clarifies rules on visiting inmates

Published September 7, 2020, 6:39 PM

by Dhel Nazario

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said that not anyone can just visit any Person Deprived of Liberty (PDL)  since visiting privileges are suspended during the pandemic.

The bureau made the announcement in relation to the intent of the family of Jennifer Laude to see convicted United States Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton in jail.

In a statement sent on Monday by BuCor Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag, he said that they have not received any request yet “but rest assured it will be attended to accordingly”.

“There are rules and protocols set by our Health Services and this applies to the Pemberton case,” he said.

The BuCor also mentioned in the statement that Pemberton is covered by the Visiting Force Agreement (VFA) and that they have to consult the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the matter.

“Our legal department is already doing that,” the statement ended.

Pemberton is currently detained in Camp Aguinaldo, serving a six-to-10 year sentence after he was convicted in December 2015 of homicide for killing Laude.

Last week, Atty. Virginia Lacsa Suarez filed a Motion for Reconsideration before the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 74 recalling the order to release Pemberton.