Deniece has plywood for bed in jail

Posted at 05/07/14 8:32 PM

MANILA - Far from her soft bed and air-conditioned condominium unit at the Bonifacio Global City, model Deniece Cornejo now sleeps on a piece of plywood inside a 20-square-meter detention facility she shares with 10 other women inmates.

At noon, the heat and humidity inside the detention cell belonging to the Philippine National Police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) Anti-Transnational Crime Unit almost becomes unbearable.

The detention center's space is cramped, and only one electric fan provides relief for the inmates.

On her second day at the detention facility, Cornejo did not sleep well and had a hard time adjusting to her new environment, guards said.

Police Supt. Emma Trinidad, officer-in-charge of the Women and Children Protection Unit, said Cornejo is not being given special treatment is like any common detainee.

Like other detainees, Cornejo is allowed visitors from 1 to 5 in the afternoon, Mondays to Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Detainees are not allowed visitors on Sundays.

Trinidad said that just like any first-time detainee, Cornejo might also suffer shock and trauma, and may need a period of adjustment because of the sudden loss of her freedom and movement, and most especially with regard to the conditions inside a jail.

Trinidad said that some inmates sometimes suffer from depression, if they cannot adjust to jail life.

She said Cornejo's relatives and lawyer brought her food and some basic necessities like a toothbrush and soap.