MANILA- Voting 21-0, the Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a bill that seeks to establish a separate facility for prisoners convicted of heinous crimes.
The measure covers those convicted of the following crimes: treason, piracy and mutiny on the high seas in Philippine waters, qualified bribery, qualified piracy, parricide, murder, infanticide, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons, arson, and rape.
Under the bill, male and female inmates will be separated from each other.
The facility as stated in the measure, will be constructed in an isolated place but will be equipped with a “state-of-the-art” facility and surveillance cameras.
Meantime, part of the policy that will be implemented is the random drug testing of inmates, to be conducted by any government forensic laboratory in the country.
The Bureau of Corrections will be also required to submit a biannual report to the leaders of Congress “starting from the commencement of the construction of the heinous crime facility until its completion”.
Once fully operational, a joint congressional oversight committee will be immediately formed to oversee its operations.