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‘I do’s’ resound in Bataan jail
38 inmates marry partners
By Ernie B. Esconde

Jul 13, 2017

BALANGA CITY – Thirty-eight inmates, one of whom a woman, exchanged “I do’s” with their partners in a mass wedding held Monday morning inside the Bataan Provincial Jail at the Capitol compound here.

The covered court at one side of the big jail compound under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology was decorated with flowers.

Couples to be wed passed under an arc decked with flowers to the aisle also lined with flowers.

Balanga City Mayor Francis Garcia officiated in the wedding ceremony. From the wearing of rings and pledges of love, couples sealed the ceremony with kisses on each other’s lips after the mayor pronounced them man and wife.

A 45-year old inmate married his 71-year-old partner for 12 years. He said that he was about to marry the widow but he was detained for a drug offense for more than two years.

“Patuloy kitang mamahalin. Mahal na mahal kita,” the inmate whispered to the woman who in return said “ganoon din ako.”

Some inmates met their partners who were visiting relatives in jail. Some were both detained and fell in love.

An inmate said he was introduced to a woman visitor in 2010. “Nagkakilala kami at nagkaibigan,” he said.

“Kailangan ng ating mga residente ang ganitong libreng kasalan dahil hindi nila kaya sa labas sa laki ng gastos. Sana magmahalan sila habang buhay. Ang marriage contract panghabang buhay, hindi basta-basta contract lang,” said Supt. Andrew Tauli, jail warden.

He said that this was only the second mass wedding conducted inside the jail.l jail.

There are 2,080 male and 260 female inmates in the Bataan jail.

“Sa United Nations standard, overcrowded ang Bataan provincial jail pero compared to other jails, it is one of the best jails in the country,” Tauli said.

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