Inmates at CDO city jail on hunger strike

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Some 100 inmates at the Lumbia City Jail in Cagayan De Oro City went on hunger strike demanding adequate food ration, water, and visiting hour privileges, a jail official said on Monday.

Jail Warden Supt. Erwin Kenny Ronquillo said they were surprised by the complaint of a group of inmates out of the city jail’s 1,043 prisoners.

The inmates who went on hunger strike were only the 125 members of the “Batang Mindanao” (Children of Mindanao) who were demanding an egg and chicken for food, water, and the sanctioning of visitors to visit inside the detention cell, Ronquillo said.

The “Batang Mindanao” prisoners also want to cook the food intended for them, unlike at present where the food is prepared by personnel assigned by the city jail officials, Ronquillo added.

He said that since he assumed the post two months ago, the problems that the prisoners were hankering already exist.

“We are resolving the problems, especially on the water supply after the old water pump became unserviceable,” Ronquillo said.

He said that the previous administration bought a water pump that remained idle because it did not meet the required specification.

“We are temporarily getting water supply from the barangay until the problem is fixed,” Ronquillo said

He said that the food ration at the city jail commensurate with the daily budget of P50 per head for the 1,043 inmates.

Ronquillo said that he even asked the inmates on the kind for food that they want provided that the budget would be enough.

He said that the visiting hours of the inmates are being taken into consideration due to the limited space inside the city jail compound.

However, Ronquillo said, the request of the inmates to allow their visitors to get inside the detention is not really allowed.

“There is a plan to construct a multi-purpose building inside the city jail compound in order that the problem on visiting hours could be resolved, too,” Ronquillo explained.

Ronquillo said that more than 600 inmates at the city jail are facing drug cases, 52 insular cases, and nine children in conflict with the law. (PNA)

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