COTABATO CITY, Philippines — More than 300 detainees at the Maguindanao provincial jail were given medical treatment in preparation for their transfer to a new facility next year. Lynette Estandarte, budget officer of the Maguindanao provincial government, said on Thursday that a medical mission by the People’s Medical Team on Tuesday served 342 inmates. Estandarte said the medical mission is meant to ensure detainees are in good health when relocated to a new jail in Buluan town from the current site in Cotabato City. The provincial government is building a bigger detention and reformatory center in the capital town of Maguindanao province. The facility, which is expected to replace the 70-year-old provincial jail in 2018, will also provide rehabilitation services for detained drug dependents.
Source: Philippine Star December 07, 2017 02:26 UTC