BuCor launches ‘Oplan Bura Tatak’ to efface tattoos of gang members in prison
Aileen Cerrudo • October 29, 2020 • 614
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has launched a program effacing tattoos of gang members in prison to promote peace and order.
BuCor on Wednesday (October 28) launched “Oplan Bura Tatak” in hopes of maintaining peace between the groups, or so-called ‘gangs’ at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and other penal colonies.
BuCor Chief Director General Gerald Bantag said they aim to remove gang mentality among persons deprived of liberty (PDL).
“Nandoon pa rin iyong culture nila ng gang so hindi matanggal talaga hangga’t nandun iyong mga tatak nila (The culture is still there. It will not be removed if they still have the tattoos),” he said.
The leaders of 12 groups took an oath agreeing to dismantle gangs in detention centers. Several of their members have also surrendered guns, ammunition, and other sharp weapons.
“May psychological na influence ito na maganda. Kahit papaano nararamdaman nila na seryoso tayo sa ating paghadlang sa karahasan (This will have a psychological influence which is good because [PDLs] will be able to feel that we are serious in preventing violence),” Bantag said.
During the first day of the initiative’s launch, 218 inmates had their gang tattoos removed.
Gangs in the NBP began around 1963, two groups emerged: the Sigue Sigue Gang and Oxo Original. More groups emerged throughout the years, totaling to 12 groups. BuCor said these groups would usually start disputes which lead to riots. AAC (with reports from Mac Cordova)
MANILA, Philippines – Two uniformed personnel assigned in the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) have been relieved from their posts following the prison break last January 17, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.
In a statement, the BuCor said bureau Director-General Gerald Bantag ordered the relief of Superintendent Arnold Guzman and CSinsp Israel Basi over the escape of four persons deprived of liberty (PDL).
“They were relieved of their position and are now under the Directorate for Administration while the investigation is still ongoing regarding the escape incident aforementioned,” the bureau said.
“The new acting NBP maximum security compound superintendent is CSupt. Roy Villasi and the new Commander of the Guards is CSInsp Reynaldo Tuguinay,” it added.
The BuCor earlier reported that four inmates bolted from the national penitentiary on Monday morning. Two of them were killed during the manhunt operations while two others remain at large.
The escapees were identified as Chris Ablas, who was convicted for robbery with homicide and sentenced to reclusion perpetua w/o parole; and Drakilou Falcon, who was convicted for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearms.
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Tuesday updated the number of inmates who escaped from the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Monday.
In a statement, the BuCor said the count of escapees was increased to four after one person deprived of liberty (PDL) was reported missing.
“Please be informed that one more PDL identified as PDL CHRIS Candas ABLAS N217P-4392 of Dorm 8C-2, was reported missing up to present with possibility as the 4th escapee who was involved in the prison escape incident yesterday on 17 Jan 2022,” the bureau said.
This means that there are two unaccounted PDL escapees who are still at large, namely, Ablas and Drakilou Falcon.
Ablas was convicted for robbery with homicide and sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole; while Falcon was convicted for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearms.
The BuCor earlier offered a P100,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of Falcon.
The other two escapees, identified as Pacifico Adlawan and Arwin Bio, were killed during the manhunt operations after they allegedly resisted arresting authorities.
“Maximum Security Compound is still placed on lockdown status as of this time while recovery efforts are still on going,” BuCor said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has offered a P100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of one of the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who escaped from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on Monday, January 17.
In an announcement posted on social media, the BuCor identified the PDL as Drakilou Falcon, 34, who was convicted for robbery with homicide.
The bureau said Falcon is still on the loose and search operations are still ongoing.
“BuCor will give P100,000 as a reward to anyone who can provide information on the location of PDL Drakilou Y Falcon who is still at large and considered armed & dangerous,” it said.
The two other escapees, identified as Pacifico Adlawan and Arwin Bio, were killed on Monday when they allegedly resisted arrest during the manhunt operation conducted by the personnel of the BuCor and the Muntinlupa City Police.
“The safety of the public is of paramount concern and BuCor authorities will not stop until the last escapee is accounted for in order to ensure that the escapee will not be able to inflict harm again,” the BuCor said.
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