President Rodrigo Duterte has committed to provide an aircraft to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to safely transport high-value inmates, especially in Visayas and Mindanao.
In his speech in Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna for the turnover of 250 transport vehicles to the BJMP, Duterte noted risks faced by jail personnel in transporting detainees and prisoners.
“We’ll have to devise a way of transporting criminals, especially in the territory of Mindanao which is fraught with so many danger. We’ll have to look for it. Totoo hindi ako nagyayabang (I'm not bragging),” he said.
“Tanong lang ako kung—magpunta man ako doon ngayon sa exhibit ng arms. Maghanap ako ng pinaka—‘yung eroplano (I will go later to an exhibit of firearms. I will look for a plane). Maybe one for Mindanao and sa Visayas ‘pag (when) we are transferring a high-profile, a high-value target. You will use the plane."
The BJMP handles detainees facing trial and convicts serving a sentence of three years and below.
As of August 30, its jails across the country hold a total of 144,821, most of whom are still on trial while less than 3 percent are convicts of petty crimes.
The President noted that since the BJMP has yet to create an aviation unit, he would be placing the BJMP aircraft temporarily under the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“You know, hindi ko kayo binobola (I'm not flattering you). I’d rather lose five airplanes than rather lose a soldier or my guard or a policeman. Masakit kaya (It hurts). So ano ba naman ‘yang... Basta magbili ako (It's nothing. I will buy),” he said.
Immediately after his speech, the President proceeded to the World Trade Center to look at the exhibit of military arms and equipment of the 3rd Asian Defense, Security, and Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference.