Church appeals aid for Leyte jail fire victims

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MANILA, May 11, 2013— The Catholic Church’s prison ministry is appealing for aid to help hundreds of inmates whose dormitory was destroyed by yesterday’s fire at Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog town. 

Rodolfo Diamante of the CBCP’s Commission on Prison Pastoral Care said the more 600 inmates need help to at least build their temporary shelters. 

“The biggest dorm that houses 682 prisoners and the Spiritual Center that our volunteer built caught fire yesterday. Nothing was saved. We are raising funds to help them,” Diamante said.

He said the inmates urgently need clothes, cookware, kitchen utensils, sleeping mats and blankets. 

Damage has been estimated at around P1 million from the Friday morning blaze at the facility’s “maximum security” area. 

Local authorities said no one was injured in the fire that also burned the LRP clinic. 

The cause of the fire remained under investigation. (CBCPNews)

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