Thursday, August 07, 2008

Prisoner Shipment

I was watching the news about the problem of "overstaying" prisoners at the Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center. The report and also quoting the warden said that this was caused by the suspension of the operations of the passenger ships of Sulpicio Lines. Without the boat operations of Sulpicio (which the warden says offers the cheapest rates and the least strict in policies, whatever that means), BBRC cannot make the SHIPMENT of prisoners to the National Penitentiary.


He should have used a better term. It is as if prisoners are like commodities (including animals) that need to be shipped. Even for all the wrong that they have done, prisoners are still human, and thus have rights.

Using "transfer" would have been more acceptable.

Or was it all a matter of the English language.

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