Cebu Inmates Stripped Naked During PDEA-Military-Police Raid

PHOTOS of naked Cebu provincial inmates were circulating throughout the reports after an inspection conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last Thursday, March 2, 2017.

PDEA claimed that those were leaked by the jail officers to discredit the operations.

“It was intentionally leaked out to discredit drug enforcement agencies. I think they have a connection with the drug syndicate,” PDEA General Isidro Lapeña said in a televised phone interview on the ABS-CBN News Channel.

PDEA General Lapena has said that the reason for the leakage of photos was because the guards were disgruntled because they had been left out of the operation.

Last week, the inmates Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center had also been asked to gather at the quadrangle to be stripped off of their clothes.

And to their surprise, certain contraband like cell phones, illegal drugs, laptops, media player, drug paraphernalia, and a cash amounting to 90, 000 pesos have been recovered.

Also recovered from the inmates were 76 cellular phones, shabu worth at least 30, 000, and cash amounting to 92, 000 on the other.

Lapena said that it was PDEA Regional Director Yogi Ruiz who ordered the inmates to be stripped naked to prevent riots.

He added that it was not the standard procedure but a judgment call that Ruiz made to prevent possible casualties.

This procedure came after the result of the 2015 raid where several dangerous contrabands were recovered from the inmates at the Bilibid Prison, Muntinlupa City. It was also found out that there was an illegal drug trade conducted in the said prison, and a musical band was also permitted entry and certain convicts were allowed to participate in the act.

Were it not for the special type of procedure such as the case at hand, the inmates of CPDRC would have continuously enjoyed the privilege as it was, in fact, found out that there was contraband present at the jail.

But a certain human rights group like Amnesty International has criticized the operation calling it cruel, inhuman and degrading in a statement released Thursday.

The group reminded authorities that it is their responsibility to ensure all persons deprived of their freedom are protected from ill-treatment and torture.

“It is state obligation to guarantee that prisoners are treated in accordance with international standards,” Amnesty International said.