Today I attended a hearing for Ray Kelly, Michael Watt and Barry Burston all residents of the Angeles City Jail for many months. Regretfully the City Prosecutor Percival Atinaja did not show up for the case, it seems he was on leave for one day. The other Prosecutor, Attorney Garcia was also not available. This meant that the hearing had to be rescheduled for later in the month. This is not an unusual occurrence in the Philippine justice system. But the good news is that Attorney Ronaldo Duro and Attorney Raenan Malig were able to pursue the issue of bail with the judge. The Judge allowed bail but since it involved foreigners her decision included the requirement that a hold order be issued so that they would not be able to leave the country. More details to follow in December. All three appeared to be in good health but Ray had lost weight and appeared to be a bit stressed out. Needless to say they were quite relieved to be able to leave the horrible conditions of the City Jail and be able to sleep in the comfort of their homes once again. Their next hearing will be on 22 November. Oh, one other thing, it did not help that one week prior to this hearing the City Jail officials banned smoking in the jail. Now, that is cruel and unusual punishment. Could they be worried about the health of the inmates, I doubt it since the food is so bad and the overcrowded conditions are nearly unbearable. Great work on the part of Attorney Duro and cheers for the judge who was quite considerate in her decision to allow bail.