In what can be gleaned as insight into their plans for handling criminality in the country should their tandem win next year’s General Elections, presidential candidate and Senator Panfilo Lacson, along with his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III, spoke of their plans to establish an island prison structure similar to the famous Alcatraz Island in the United States (US).
The famed Alcatraz Island penitentiary, now a popular tourist attraction in San Franciso Bay, served as a federal prison in the 1930s up until the 1960s, isolating prisoners from society with miles of open water between them.
This characteristic is what Lacson and Sotto believe to be an effective means of dealing with criminality in the nation.
“Removing them from society is almost like suffering the death penalty,” Lacson, who was once chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), explained.
He would send hardened convicts, high profile offenders, and drug lords to such a prison structure, in order to cut them off from luxuries that inmates in Muntinlupa City’s National Penitentiary, are able to still avail of.
A fortress prison built somewhere in the West Philippine Sea, would be the end-goal of the proposal that is part of a grander scheme to revamp the nation’s prison system.
Both Lacson and Sotto have been known in the past as supporters of the capital punishment ideology.
However, the island prison seems to solidify their recent pronouncements of supporting rehabilitation rather than the death penalty, as the best approach to addressing crime in the Philippines.