Group opposes transfer of Mia’s alleged killer to BDJ

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Group opposes transfer of Mia’s alleged killer to BDJ

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A civil society organization on Thursday expressed strong opposition against the recommendation to move Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga to the Bohol District Jail (BDJ) from the Tagbilaran City Jail (TCJ).

The Justice for Mia Kalinaw sa Bohol Movement (JMKB) contested the proposed transfer of Gonzaga, the principal suspect in the killing of Mia Mascarinas-Green, to the “less crowded” BDJ.

“It is a special treatment and an act of injustice,” said the JMKB in a statement. “There are far older inmates in the city jail.”

However, JO1 Gina Sumampong of the TCJ said the recommendation for the transfer was made for security purposes as Gonzaga is a “high-risk” detainee.

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The jail officer admitted that the BDj has a better physical facility in terms of security.

BDJ has higher fences than the TCJ, Sumampong said, noting that there was no “special treatment” extended by authorities to Gonzaga.

The TCJ immediately recommended Gonzaga’s transfer on Monday last week, right after a commitment order directing the detention of Gonzaga at the facility was issued on the same day.

According to Sumampong, they are still awaiting the reply of BDJ officials and the judge’s decision on Gonzaga’s detention arrangements while he faces multiple charges lodged before three Tagbilaran City courts.

Gonzaga was arrested in Davao City on June 30 and was transported to Cebu then Bohol on July 3. (Allen Doydora)

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