Jail warden charged before the Ombudsman

Feb. 12, 2015

Lawyers of political prisoners filed criminal and administrative charges before the Ombudsman Thursday against Jail Senior Inspector Michelle Ng Bonto, OIC warden of the Special Intensive Care Area 1 (SICA 1)-Camp Bagong Diwa.

Political prisoners complained of blatant refusal of Ng-Bonto to allow family members and doctors to visit them when they were on hunger strike during the Papal visit last January.

Earlier, political prisoners said Ng-Bonto’s suspension of visitors at SICA-1 on January 14 incensed some of the detainees, including members of gangs such as the Sputnik Gang, which blamed political prisoners for the prohibition of the visits”.

“Reportedly, the SICA-1 jail warden herself is instigating the Sputnik gang in threatening the lives and security of the political prisoners and inciting division among all the detainees by unjustly blaming the political prisoners’ fasting/hunger strike as the root of the sudden unfair restrictions on their rights,” the political prisoners said.

The jail warden is also currentl facing a complaint before Taguig RTC Branch 266 and 271.

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