Last August 28, 2015, Palawan Cradle of Rights coordinated with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology for a visit at the Puerto Princesa City jail where several 4th year students of the Practicum class under Professor Julius Concepcion rendered free legal assistance to the inmates. This was done in participation with the call of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines (ASLP) for a nationwide simultaneous jail visit.
Most of the inmates who came to us for advise were those who had not had any hearings in the last year or so. There were several in fact, who have had no hearing in the past three years. Anxiety marked their faces. They wanted to know why they werenít given any schedule to try their case. They do not fear that they would be found guilty but what they do feel is desperation- to just have their day in court, a right the Constitution is supposed to afford.
Not having enough in life means that they simply can not afford to hire a private lawyer. Without a choice, they must and will bank on the public prosecutors assigned to them. Their lives put in the hands of our PAO lawyers, who render admirable work but unfortunately, are just too few to be able to fully extend help to the hundreds of prisoners lying in wait behind prison walls.
Our text books do not show nor explain the life of the incarcerated. Indeed there is no other way to know this except in movies or in documentaries. Books only define the crimes, give the elements and treats the penalties. But it does not show the life of the incarcerated. What happens day in and day out for these unfortunate men and women, waiting for their day in court is truly heartbreaking.
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Office Address: 1F MSU College of Law Bldg.,
MSU Main Campus, Marawi City 9700 Philippines
Mobile No.: (+63) 907 336 7762
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Through our linkages and with the help of the different Government and Non-government organizations we aim to provide free access to people who need legal assistance.
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