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On May 9, almost 33,500 inmates will vote for national candidates.

MANILA, Philippines — Even though they are cut off from the outside world, 33,409 PDLs under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) will vote in the elections on Monday.

Inmates can only vote for national posts such as President, Vice President, senators, and party-list candidates. The PDL will vote from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m.

On Sunday, BJMP Chief Jail Director Allan Iral supervised a simulated exercise at Manila City Jail–Male Dormitory, commanding all units to ensure no incidents and orderly voting.

“Let’s make sure our PDLs vote appropriately and there are no issues in our facilities,” Iral said in an interview.

A PDL may vote at a special polling location set up inside a jail institution or be taken to a regular polling place, according to Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10768.

According to BJMP spokesperson Xavier Solda, 30,726 people will vote on the spot.

In the 475 district, city, and municipal jails around the country, there are 29,534 male voters and 3,875 female voters, accounting for 39.2 percent of the 131,021 inmates.

Cebu City has 1,102 PDL voters, followed by Talisay City (878), Lapu-Lapu City (701), Antipolo City (576), and Bacoor City (534), all of which are male dormitories.

Only PDL voters with names on the certified or displayed computerized lists are eligible to vote.

Each polling location must hold 50 to 100 voters.

Before voters are permitted to vote, medical personnel will be stationed at the entrance of each polling place to check their temperature.

The voter will be moved to an isolated polling station if the temperature is above 37.4 degrees Celsius or if they have Covid-19 symptoms.

PDL voters who have been granted court permission to vote in their polling sites will be escorted and allowed to use express or priority lanes.

BJMP escorts are allowed to bring firearms into the polling site and must return with the voters to the detention facilities without stopping.

This is the fifth time PDLs have been granted the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

On Monday, a total of 65,745,529 Filipinos will vote in 37,141 polling stations.

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