Church prison ministry calls for ‘correction summit’

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MANILA, Sept. 30, 2016— Disappointed at the conduct of the House probe into an alleged Bilibid prison drug trade, the Church’s prison ministry said it is better for the government to hold a “correction summit” instead.

Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission on Prison and Pastoral Care, said the House inquiry does not seem to address the problems at the national penitentiary.

“Our suggestion is to hold a correctional summit that will be initiated by Congress, wherein experts in penology and correctional field can provide us the solutions we need,” said Diamante told Radio Veritas.

Network of experts

He said the prison ministry has a vast network of experts and stakeholders that can help in solving the issue.

“If there is need for funds, we are willing to tap on our little resources so that we can really address the problems in the NBP,” he said.

Political agenda

In doing so, he said it will also prevent the supposed probe from being used for political and personal bickering.

“Let us go beyond the personalities and those pushing for their own political agenda. It has become so personal and that they are already using their positions to look into that,” Diamante added.

“It’s about time… please go beyond yourself,” he also said. (CBCPNews) 

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