Thursday, December 18, 2014
Prisoners live like kings
A recent raid uncovered drug lords in Bilibid prison living in luxury cells, complete with stripper bars and jacuzzis. According to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, there were 20 premium villas outfitted with air conditioning, including some with methamphetamine.
“The military should take over the prison, and all the people involved from top to bottom must be fired,” said Dante Jimenez, founder of the Manila-based watchdog group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in an interview with AFP. The Bilibid prison was designed to house 8,900 prisoners, but currently has an inmate population of 23,000.
Japan struggles to contain bird flu outbreak
Bird flu was detected at a poultry farm in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan, after which government agencies began screening poultry and sanitizing chicken coops. It’s also been detected in cranes in Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture, dating back to November.
In 2011 a bird flu outbreak was responsible for an economic loss of 10 billion yen in the region. Kagoshima prefectural government also held an emergency meeting to discuss how best to prevent the virus’ spread.
Philippines wants custody of US Marine
A US Marine stands accused of murdering a transgendered woman in October. PFC Pemberton has been in US custody since the crime took place, but was recently transferred to a Filipino jail. Now, the Philippines is seeking formal custody, although the US isn’t keen on letting it happen.
Indonesia reports more fighting with ISIS
Indonesia estimates 350 of its citizens are now in Syria or Iraq, fighting with the Islamic State; fifty more than the previous month. Wawan Purwanto, an expert with the Anti-Terrorism Management Agency, said that most are not coming from Indonesia itself, but rather from countries abroad where they are working.
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