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Imus council to probe deaths of jail inmates

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By Anthony Giron

IMUS CITY, Cavite – The local council will look into the spate of deaths for inmates in the city’s po­lice jails.

Two detainees of the Imus police custodial facility reportedly died on Tuesday due to illnesses in a hospital bringing to five the number of deaths in three weeks.

Councilor Raymond Arguelles said the Peace and Order Committee will investigate the inmate deaths.

“We will check on that (the inmate deaths). The Imus Peace and Order Council shall report then we will look into the matter,” Arguelles told Manila Bulletin.

The Imus police reported that Nesty Atanacio Advincula, 43, and Nelson Olpato Telmo were the fourth and fifth detainees to die in the cus­todial facility in three weeks.

Advincula and Telmo at 1:57 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Ospital ng Imus and the Medical Center Imus, respectively where they were brought by jail officers medical teams after they complained of breathing diffi­culty and chest pain.

Advincula and Thelmo were pre­sumed to have died of heart failure, just like the three other inmates who died earlier.

The two other fatalities were re­ported during the Christmas season while the third only last Friday.

Poor ventilation and deplorable jail conditions are being blamed for the deaths of the four detainees.

In an interview, Supt. Jose Junar P. Alamo, Imus police officer-in-charge, said there are about 200 inmates in the male detention facility that was built to accommodate only between 60 to 80 people.

The facility on the ground floor of the station relies only on exhaust fans to circulate air. The inmates, many of them shirtless, are observed either seating or lying on the floor because they have no space to walk around.

Most of the detainees had illegal drug charges and are waiting for court trial. They have not been con­victed yet of their cases.

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