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Sorsogon jail warden probed for riot

October 25, 2007 8:30am

The Sorsogon provincial government has ordered an investigation of the provincial jail warden for a riot last Tuesday that left a prison guard and two others wounded.

Radio dzRH reported Wednesday night that governor Sally Lee ordered controversial warden Josephine Lacdang investigated for allegedly firing her gun during the incident.

At least two inmates of the Sorsogon Provincial Jail were shot and wounded during the riot.

Shot and wounded were Michael Escano and Edgar Tarpolata, who along with fellow inmates started the riot at 7 a.m. to protest Lacdang's jail management policies.

Lacdang started a dialogue with the inmates when one prisoner allegedly threw a bottle at her head. Shards of glass then hit Prison Officer 3 Florencio Escote.

This prompted hostilities to resume, with Lacdang firing "warning shots." The bullets, however, hit Escano and Tarpolata.

At the time, the inmates were protesting alleged lack of privileges, cutoff of visiting hours, bad quality of food, and inhumane treatment.

Earlier this year, 39 of the jail's 302 inmates were not served food after holding a noise barrage to protest new regulations imposed by Lacdang. - GMANews.TV
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