The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been asked to investigate the shooting incident last Sept. 7 inside the Calapan City jail in Oriental Mindoro where two prisoners died, including the alleged gun wielder, and five inmates injured.
“How a gun was ‘smuggled’ into the jail only the BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology) can answer,” Kapatid, a support group for political prisoners and their families, said in a statement.
Through Spokesperson Fides Lim, Kapatid said it was unthinkable for BJMP to deny imprisoned students’ access to easily monitorable devices to further their education inside jail.
The request for a probe was aired as Kapatid told the DOJ that one of those hurt during the incident was political prisoner Jeffrey Bajo Delos Reyes, 37, who was shot in the head and has been in critical condition.
Published reports stated that a detainee managed to get hold of a gun and went on a shooting spree before killing himself. Another prisoner died.
Lim said the DOJ can order the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe of the incident.
“This incident is the second fatal jail shooting in the past two weeks that demands an immediate probe into the miserable congested conditions of jails which severely affect the mental and physical health of inmates,” Lim pointed out.
She cited the last Aug. 26 hostage taking incident at the Marikina City jail where a jail guard and the two hostage takers, both of whom were detainees, died.
At the same time, Lim said the BJMP should shoulder all the medical expenses of the detainees hurt in the Calapan City jail shooting.
“The BJMP should answer for all the medical expenses entailed to save the life of Jeffrey and the others who were also shot instead of passing the buck (literally) to organizations with more compassion in assisting victims of the BJMP’s culpable negligence,” she added.