Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Bilibid Prison in the Philippines
Pre-War American Times

In a reversal of history, criminals from Guam were sent, for a time, to the Philippines, instead of the other way around.

For a hundred years or more, Spain was sending Filipino convicts to the Marianas.  But, under the United States, a few Guam prisoners were sent to Bilibid Prison, south of Manila. 

In 1909, for example, Gabriel Benavente Sypingco of Hagåtña, in jail for swindling, was so incorrigible that he was sent to Bilibid.

In the same year, Tiburcio Rodriguez Quitugua of Asan was sent to Bilibid.  He was sentenced to six years in prison for attempted rape.

The practice of sending Guam inmates to Bilibid was discontinued after a while.

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