KAMI learned from ABSCBN News that 31-year-old Jessie Boy Alverio has chosen to return to life in a detention facility, this time to guard detainees at the Parañaque City Jail with the compassion one can only gain from experiencing incarceration first hand.
Jail Officer 1 Alverio never had second thoughts signing up for the job soon after his acquittal in 2014 and is now tasked to keep an eye of some 1,120 inmates at the Parañaque City Jail, escorting them to court hearings.
He also goes an extra mile by giving advice and even bible readings to detainees who are having a difficult time since as a former detainee, he said,
"Kapag tinitingnan ko sila (detainees), nakikita ko ang sarili ko sa kanila."
Last 2008, he was a fresh criminology graduate, had just finished taking care of requirements he needed for a part-time job and was about to return a motorcycle he borrowed from a friend yet on his way, he saw his friend caught up in a fistfight with a drunk neighbor because of money.
He and his friends were accused of a crime they didn't commit then after 6 years in detention they had been finally acquitted, proven innocent.
Last October 2014, he took the board exams and he passed the board exams on his first take. His dream was to become a police officer, but God had other plans and so he became a jail officer.
When he was asked for his message to inmates losing hope, Alverio said: "Huwag mawawalan ng pag-asa. Habang nabubuhay ang isang tao, kaya niyang magbagong buhay at ituwid 'yung mga pagkakamali niya. Nasa sa 'yo 'yan kung papaano ka mag-succeed."
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