BRUNEI DARUSSALAM -- The Philippine Embassy in Brunei officials led by Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Nestor Z. Ochoa conducted their annual visit of Filipino inmates detained at the Maraburong and Jerudong prisons on September 13 and 15, respectively.
The annual prison visits coincided with the month-long Hari Raya Aidul Fitri celebrations in the country, and are part of the Embassy's sustained efforts to demonstrate its deep concern and support for Filipino inmates.
Ambassador Ochoa was accompanied during the prison visits by Minister and Consul Celeste Vinzon Balatbat, Minister and Consul General General Raymond R. Balatbat, Labor Attaché Anna C. Dione, Defense Attaché Emmanuel G. Cacdac, Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) Officer and Attaché Raul C. Villanueva, Welfare Officer Zenaida S. Ramos, Social Security System (SSS) Representative Marivic Rutor and Pag-IBIG Fund Representative Arlina D. Feliciano.
Embassy officials brought with them Filipino delicacies, cakes, and drinks which they shared with the Filipino inmates. The visit also provided the Embassy delegation the opportunity to look into the needs of the Filipino inmates, to provide them with personal hygiene items, to obtain updates on the dates of their release and to convey personal messages to their families in the Philippines.
All Filipino detainees were found to be in good health and in high spirits.
During the visit to Jerudong Prison, the Sultanate's main correctional facility, the Embassy delegation was met by prison officials led by Acting Deputy Director of Prisons Poh Eng Hua, who provided a briefing on the prison facilities and answered queries from Embassy officials.
Before departing, Ambassador Ochoa expressed his gratitude to His Majesty's Government, to Acting Deputy of Prisons Poh Eng Hua, as well as to all the officers and staff of the Jerudong and Maraburong prisons for their kind and humane treatment of Filipino inmates.
There are 13 Filipino inmates - five males and eight females - presently detained at the Jerudong Prison for various offenses, while the Maraburong Prison houses two male Filipino inmates. END