Abandon hope all ye who enter....

In a Philippines Prison






Abandon hope all ye who enter....
Abandon hope all ye who enter….

Like loss of life and taxes, it was only a issue of time right before I uncovered myself in a Philippine jail.

I experienced expended about 4 several hours at the land transportation office (LTO) ready to get my Philippine motorists license when I wandered outside and noticed a squat and to some degree intimidating concrete construction directly across the highway. I meandered to the front gate and was confronted with a indication stating that this was the Negros Oriental Detention and Rehabilitation Middle.  Curious, and recognizing that this was a really good picture chance, I asked the guard if I could choose a image of the signal.

Appears to be like the jail has it is personal jeepney route….


Principles? We do not require no stinkin’ policies!


“Sure,” he nodded, “Would you like to occur inside of and appear all around?”


Ah, the ever effusive mother nature of Filipino hospitality!


Not owning much else to do, and understanding that it could be hrs much more right before I been given my Philippines motorists license, I acquiesced.


I was shocked to see that not only was the front door to the jail unlocked, there in fact was no lock on it.  Hmmmmmm…..  I wondered absently if that experienced an influence on close by property values.  As shortly as I stepped as a result of the doorway, the guard gestured two of the inmates more than.  He launched one particular of them as Johnharken, and stated that he would demonstrate me all over.




The jail is set up like its have little self-contained village. Enclosed by concrete partitions and barbed wire are quantity of constructions, among the them five 60-guy cellbocks (truly, a single of them is for woman inmates), a tiny faculty, a household furniture store, a television repair service middle, a pool corridor, a kitchen place/chow corridor, a conjugal checking out building, and a number of sari-sari’s and carrendarias.  The jail has a capability of around 300 inmates but on that day they only experienced 258, a mix of detainees awaiting trial and provincial and countrywide convicted inmates. Jonkharken himself confided that he had spends 10 yrs at the centre for a murder conviction but his circumstance was at this time underneath appeal.  He also mentioned that this sort of appeals have a tendency to just take some time in the courts. The inmates ended up friendly plenty of bunch and ended up used to viewing foreigners there as some occur in each 7 days to carry out ministry and Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. I wandered around taking images and speaking to some of the inmates. Since people are allowed, there were a amount of little ones jogging close to playing, and people sitting down all over tables or cabanas conversing about what ever family members in that scenario talk about.


Conjugal Browsing Building – Wherever the Magic Occurs


Prison’s School

Chillaxing in a jailhouse cabana….


Prison home furniture shop – a lot of sharp, pointy instruments in right here.


Hairstyling – prison is co-ed.


Proud sari-sari proprietor


Cement and steel bar weights.
Prison Dorm – It’s like a large sleepover!
A lot more perform in home furniture shop…


I asked Jonharken why none of the prisoners escaped given that there is no lock on the front door. He replied fairly matter-of-factly that the island is only so major and you will inevitably get caught and have far more time additional to your sentence.

All in all it was a quite groovy way to kill time even though ready for my license, and if you uncover on your own bored to tears at the Dumaguete LTO sometime, go for a tour of the jail.

Just explain to Jonharken I sent ya.



Jonharken and Igor-ish friend….
Positive, they received a pool hall….
Jon and a pleasant – if seriously armed – guard.