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RHRC Profiles Detainees in Metro Manila

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The alarming 30% increase of Muslim detainees in Metro Manila prompted the RHRC to profile their cases.

As of 15 April 2014, there are 1,619 Muslim detainees in Metro Manila and majority of them are residents of ARMM. Last March 31, 2013, the detainees are 1,146 or an increase of 473 detainees. RHRC volunteers went to various courts and jails in Metro Manila to profile their cases. The RHRC has mandate to render legal aid to those who are native of ARMM even outside in the region. “As human rights institution, we have to monitor if the accused is afforded with ‘speedy trial’ under the Constitution, and if there is a violation there is legal remedy available to the accused,” said Chairperson Algamar Latiph. Compared to nearly 4 Million population of ARMM which has less than one thousand detainees, the NCR has minimal ARMM-native population and yet the ratio in terms population vis-a-vis detainees is so wide. “Napansin namin sa folder ng mga kaso yung mga Prosecutor palaging absent, minsan walang witness, at maramin pang mga justification, kaya ilang taon delay ang mga kaso kawawa naman nila,” according to Hassan H. Ali, the Team Leader of the profiling. Other members are: Abubakar Rakim Barambangan Jr., Malik Faizhal C. Gumama and Mohaimen D. Lalia. The profiling is piloted in the jails of City of Manila and Quezon City since these they are the most densely populated jails in the NCR.

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