NBI nabs De Lima co-accused in Pampanga

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019   •   828

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday (August 16) arrested one of Senator Leila de Lima’s co-accused in the illegal drug case.

Around 5:30 am on Friday, NBI operatives nabbed Jose Drian ‘Jad’ Dera in Angeles, Pampanga.

Dera has been hiding for two years since a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

De Lima and Dera were both accused in the two cases of alleged conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading in the ongoing trial at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branches 205 and 256.

Dera is De Lima’s nephew and former staff when she was then Justice Secretary.

Dera allegedly served as De Lima’s middleman in receiving P70-M cash from drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prisons as well as in the alleged extortion of P30-M and four vehicles from high-profile inmate Peter Co.

The lady senator, in her statement in March 2017, denied any blood links with Dera.

Dera, meanwhile, also denied being a relative of De Lima.

Duterte orders NBI to take over Clarin town mayor David Navarro’s slay case

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to stop its investigation on Clarin-Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro’s slay case.

Navarro was ambushed by armed men on his way to Cebu City Prosecutor’s office on board a police patrol car on October 25 for inquest proceedings on charges of alleged sexual assault.

He was on Duterte’s drug watchlist of narco-politicians.

The President said he wanted an impartial investigation that is why he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to handle the case instead.

Navarro was under police custody when the crime happened.

Mas gusto ko ang NBI na lang…kasi noong nangyari iyan, kasama ang pulis (I prefer that the NBI [conduct the investigation] because when the incident happened, the police were there),” Duterte said.

“To make it really fair, I’d like to order the police to terminate their investigations and hand it to the NBI whatever documents and all proof or evidence that they have in their hands,” he added.

The Chief Executive said he had a conversation with Navarro several weeks before the ambush where the local official admitted to receiving death threats.

The PNP, for its part, assured that it is ready to heed the President’s order while the Department of Justice (DOJ) welcomes the President’s decision.

“Given the circumstances surrounding the killing of Clarin Mayor Navarro, the President’s directive for the NBI to take over the investigation of the incident should quell any doubts regarding this government’s commitment to solve the case and bring to account those responsible,” concluded DOJ Spokesperson Mark Perete. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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)

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