Illegal drug activities sa mga kulungan sa bansa, mariing kinokondena ng PNP-AIDSOTF

admin   •   April 21, 2015   •   3566

Ang nakumpiskang baril at pinagbabawal na gamot mula sa convicted drug lord sa Sablayan Penal Colony sa Occidental Mindoro. (UNTV News)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Nadismaya ang PNP-Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) sa patuloy na bentahan ng drugs sa ilang kulungan sa bansa.

Ayon kay PNP-AIDSOTF Legal and Investigation Division Chief P/CINSP. Roque Merdegia, nakakababa ng moral na mismong ang mga jail guard ang tumutulong sa illegal drug transactions ng ilang mga detainees.

Ani Merdiga, “Nakaka-low moral dahil nahuli na ng pulis, pinaghirapan na ng pulis hulihin… Despite the life imprisonment sentence na ibinigay ng korte ay walang silbi pala dahil dire-diretso pala at walang tigil ang illegal drug trade sa loob at labas ng kulungan.”

Tulad na lamang aniya sa nangyari sa Sablayan Occidental Mindoro Penal Colony kung saan nahuli ng NBI si Ruben Tiu habang nagbebenta ng illegal drugs sa isang under cover agent.

Salaysay pa ng PNP-AIDSOTF Legal and Investigation Division chief, “Nakakagulat na yung guard mismo na suppossedly ay magbabantay sa kanya ay kasama sa illegal drug trade.”

Sinabi pa ni Merdegia na bunsod ng tuksong dulot ng illegal drugs dapat na isalang sa masusing evaluation ang ugali ng mga opisyal at jail guard.

Iminungkahi pa ng opisyal na dapat na ikulong sa iisang kulungan ang mga drug lord, alisan ng access sa telepono at regular na palitan ang mga nagbabantay upang maiwasan ang familiarization sa mga big time detainee.

Tiniyak naman ng DOJ na iimbestigahan nila ang insidente sa Sablayan Penal Colony upang matukoy kung sinu-sino ang dapat managot.

Bukod sa illegal drug transactions sa New Bilibid Prison sa Muntinlupa at sa Sablayan Penal Colony sa Occidental Mindoro, sinabi rin ng AIDSOTF na may namo-monitor din silang bentahan ng droga sa Davao at Zamboanga penal colony na maituturing na suntok sa kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa illegal drugs. (LEA YLAGAN / UNTV News)

Eleazar checks on ‘Strike Force’ deployed inside Bilibid

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

NCRPO chief Police Major Guillermo Eleazar giving pointers to Strike Force team
during his visit to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)

MANILA, Philippines – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Police Major Guillermo Eleazar visited his men who are members of the “Strike Force” deployed inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Eleazar said he wants to check on their conditions and if they are implementing the necessary measures inside the national penitentiary.

Nakita natin from the entrance gate pati sa loob at doon sa observation post, kapag ikot natin doon ay puro NCRPO personnel na ang nandon na siyang tumutulong sa Bureau of Corrections,” he said.

(We observed from the entrance gate to the inside premises and the observation post, we see NCRPO personnel are now the ones who are supporting the members of the Bureau of Corrections.)

Dapat ang mga ito ay hindi ma-tempt sa mga naging problema noong dati dito (They should not be tempted and be involved in similar problems as before),” he added.

BuCor Director General Gerlad Bantag, meanwhile, said he ordered to place under training all former policemen of the BuCor and he assured those with a bad record would no longer be reinstated.

Magre-recruit tayo (We will recruit),” Bantag said.

Iyong hiring tayo syempre iyan ini-evaluate nga sila. Kung sino ang pwedeng ibalik, ibabalik (We are hiring so they are being evaluated. Whoever is qualified to be reinstated, will be reinstated),” he added.

Eleazar noted that the deployment of his men inside the NBP is only temporary until Bantag has ordered for their replacement.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Task Force NCR and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who are members of the Quad Intel Force will be on standby to support and help in the ‘cleansing’ of the BuCor.

Kung ano ang suporta na kailangan sa amin (Whatever support that they would be needing from us) from intel gathering information, sharing of information up to K-9, bubuhos po kami dyan (We will be all out),” said PDEA NCR Investigation Agent 5 Beltran Lacap Jr.

“We will always be providing support to NCRPO, in intelligence gathering,” added JTF-NCR AFP Lt. Col. Eugene Villaluz.

“If you need some sort of manpower,” Villaluz added.

On Friday (October 11), the NCRPO deployed a total of 551 cops to the NBP. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

Hospital chief: 5,200 inmates die in Bilibid every year

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 3, 2019

Inmates listen during a peace accord event to stop violence amongst gangs inside the New ‘Bilibid’ Prison’s maximum security compound in Muntinlupa city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2018. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Around 5,200 inmates in New Bilibid Prison (NBP) die every year due to overcrowding, according to NBP Hospital Director Ernesto Tamayo on Thursday (October 3).

During the Senate hearing on the irregularity in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), Tamayo said that it constitutes 20% of the total population at the NBP.

He added that pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) is the most common health issue among inmates.

“Because of the overcrowding sir minsan, hindi natin ma-contain iyong PTB (Sometimes we cannot contain the PTB),” he said.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde, there are also other facilities under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) that are overcrowded.

“Dahil overcrowded ito since the war on drugs noon. Doon sa NCRPO talagang massive. Instead of 60 iyong dapat sa loob umaabot po ng 200 kaya marami po ang namamatay (It has been overcrowded since the launch of the war on drugs. The [crowd] is really massive at the NCRPO. Instead of around 60 inmates, it is accommodating 200 inmates, that is why a lot are dying),” according to Albayalde.

A Bilibid inmate, Godfrey Gamboa, has revealed in the Senate that some inmates have died due to eating spoiled food.

“Marami po, puro panis ang pagkain (Most of the food are already spoiled),” Gamboa said.

Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros recommended to the Senate Committee the revocation of NBP Medical Officer Dr. Ursicio Cenas’ license due to his alleged involvement in the ‘hospital pass for sale’ anomaly.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Senate questions P39 meal allowance of inmates

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 3, 2019

Filipino jail guards salute as inmates sing the national anthem during a peace accord event to stop violence amongst gangs inside the New ‘Bilibid’ Prison’s maximum security compound in Muntinlupa city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2018. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Senators on Thursday (October 3) questioned the P39 meal allowance of inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) which was supposed to be P60 per meal a day.

In 2018, more than P1 billion was allotted for the Food Subsistence Allowance of persons deprived of liberty (PDL). However, during the bidding, the allowance was cut to P39 per meal a day.

Senator Panfilo Lacson also said the meal allowance had been increased to P70 per day in the 2019 national budget.

Hindi ko ma-reconcile bakit papakainin mo lang ang preso ng P39 worth of meals, when bina-budgetan na ng gobyerno. Saan napupunta iyong balance?” he said.

(I could not reconcile why you would give P39 worth of meals to inmates when the government has an allotted budget for it. Where does the balance go?)

Former BuCor Officer-in-Charge Rafael Ragos has revealed in the Senate hearing that the BuCor director receives P1 million from catering services.

Caterer, Angelina Bautista, recalled that they won the bidding for the provision of catering services to the Correctional Institution for Women in August 2018.

However, she said, they were disqualified after refusing to give “kickbacks” to officials.

Another catering service provider said they were also blacklisted in 2017.

“We cannot participate during the bidding because of the politics na nangyari nga po (that was happening),” according to Lisa Dizon of Mang Kiko Catering Services Inc.

However, former BuCor Chief Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa said that no one offered him any ‘kickbacks’ during his time as the BuCor Chief. He also said he did not accept any bribes.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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