The story of the rich and the poor justice system

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

- Difference in the lives of the rich and the poor, even in jails is stark

- In the New Bilibid Prison, the maximum security compound offers a haven-like wonderland for the kingpins of drugs and crime

- Conversely, the inmates of the Quezon City Jail lives the life of a commoner, cramped to the teeth for lack of available space

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” - Hebrews 13:3

Whoever said life is fair may either be living under a rock or is simply dumb as a bag of rocks. Even in prison, the disparity of life between the rich and the poor is clearly distinguished.

This is the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) - a sprawling 551-hectare facility built for 9,000 in 1936 - home to 23,000 convicted criminals in the Philippines.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

NBP (Photo credit: inquirer.net)

Apparently, a lavish lifestyle is allowed at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) maximum security compound. Indeed, when the incarcerated are loaded and powerful, anything is possible.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Maximum security compound (Photo credit: marriageandbeyond.com)

The rich and mighty continue to enjoy the high life in prison. The kingpins of robbery, drugs, and kidnapping - even in jail - are actually living like the kings that they are.

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If you don't believe that, take a look at these kingpins' wonderland.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

A suite that would rival a hotel's. (Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk)

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

A jacuzzi. (Photo credit: abs-cbn)

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The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Personal home theater (Photo credit: zipmatch.com)

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

A Korean-made home sauna for Peter Co's enjoyment, no less.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

A hot tub.

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The story of the rich and the poor justice system

A crime lord's very own recording studio and stage.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Colangco, lives his dream as a recording artist, in jail, no less!

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Of course, if all others things are possible, drugs must be there too.

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The story of the rich and the poor justice system

The artillery is astounding, and of course, Php 1.4M.

It probably did not come as a surprise, after all, the VIPs need their wonderlands. And wonderland it is, with the installed home theater, heated bathtub, well-stocked bar, video games, and home sauna, who wouldn't enjoy staying here?

Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, five people are crammed together in a space for one.

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Just like how it is at the Quezon City Jail - a facility which was originally built for 800 people 60 years ago, now houses 3800 inmates - is the perfectly inhumane reflection of the poor side of justice in the Philippines.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

A Philippine prison basketball court (Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk)

In an interview released earlier this year, Quezon City jail’s longest serving inmate, Mario Dimaculangan talks about his life sharing a single toilet to 130 other inmates as he narrates the hardships intensified by the current administration’s campaign against criminality.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Mario Dimaculangan, as he cleans the toilet he shares with 130 others. (Photo credit: GMA)

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"Many go crazy. They cannot think straight. It's so crowded. Just the slightest of movements and you bump into something or someone," Dimaculangan says.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Inmates at the QC Jail are crammed into limited space.

Quezon City inmates are crammed into the limited space to the point of sleeping in the basketball court meant for recreation.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

The basketball court is converted into a place to sleep.

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Harrowing photos of the crowded and rotting prison showing the inmates’ hardship at the Quezon City Jail have been circulating online as President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against drugs and crimes continues.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Even the hallways are cramped. (Photo credit: independent.co.uk)

Inmates take turns sleeping, as space is very limited at the prison grounds.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Prisoners take turns sleeping. (Photo credit: independent.co.uk)

Oh, and even stairs are occupied!

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

The stairs are occupied too. (Photo credit: independent.co.uk)

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The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Cramped sleeping areas. (Photo credit: GMA)

Cooking is allowed too, and every available space is utilized - for sleeping, bathing, doing the laundry, and yes, for cooking.

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

laundry and bath area are combined. (Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk)

The story of the rich and the poor justice system

Cooking and bathing areas share the same space. (Photo credit: GMA)

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And if the photos aren't enough to tell their story - here is an even more detailed depiction of what the kingpins of NBP enjoy.

While the regular inmates elsewhere enjoy freebies. Of what kind, you say? Disease, of course.

And if that is not enough, perhaps this detailed testimonials will help convince you that the poor - wherever they are, will never enjoy equal treatment with the rich.

Apparently, the same holds true, even inside the correctional.

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