Pagkalampag ni De Lima sa mga opisyal ng BuCor, malaking tulong sa kampanya ng PNP vs. illegal drugs

admin   •   November 28, 2014   •   2166

FILE PHOTO: Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Umaasa ang PNP-Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force na magkakaroon ng positibong resulta ang pagkalampag ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima sa mga opisyal at personnel ng Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Ito ay may kaugnayan sa pamamayagpag ng illegal drugs operation sa loob ng New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Ayon kay AIDSOTF Legal and Investigation Division Chief P/CInsp. Roque Merdegia, malaking tulong sa ginagawang kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa iligal na droga kung matutukoy ng DOJ at NBI ang mga kasabwat na opisyal at tauhan ng BuCor.

“Natutuwa kami dahil sa wakas ay may nakinig sa aming mga information.” “Hindi lamang yung pamamayagpag ng ilegal na droga sa loob kundi maging sa labas ng Bilibid pero yung transaksyon o negotiation ay nangyayari sa pagitan ng mga nasa loob ng kulungan at nasa labas.”

Idinagdag pa ng opisyal na handa silang magsagawa ng operasyon laban sa ilegal na droga sa loob ng NBP kung ipag-uutos ito ng korte.

“Kung ipaguutos sa amin handa naman kaming tumulong actually ginawa na namin yan before, nagkaroon na kami ng operations sa loob nagkaroon ng mapping sa loob at nagfile tayo ng kaso sa convicted drug lord dahil nakunan natin ng shabu sa loob ng kanyang suit room,” saad pa ni Merdegia.

At dahil talamak pa rin at patuloy na namamayagpag ang mga drug lord kahit nakakulong na, pabor ang AIDSOTF na i-isolate ang mga ito sa isang isla at patawan ng death penalty.

Matatandaang noon pa sinasabi ng PNP AIDSOTF na talamak ang operasyon ng droga sa NBP at buhay hari ang mga drug lord na nakakulong dito dahil may mga telepono, laptop at naka-WiFi pa ang mga ito.

“Actually for the 9th time we proposed the re-imposition of death penalty for those convicted drug lord kasi pag big time talaga ay sobrang salot na,” saad pa ni Merdegia. (Lea Ylagan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

IED rocks Bilibid’s compound for rebel detainees

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – While clearing operations continued inside the maximum compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), an explosion rattled Quadrant 4 around 10:00 AM on Friday (October 11).

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) immediately deployed K-9 units and a team of experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) to the site.

The authorities’ initial investigation discovered that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED).

Also, two hand grenades and two blasting caps were discovered inside one of the kiosks.

“May sumabog doon, sir. Noong sumabog nag-alisan na kami. Muntikan na kami. Nandoon kami sa isang kanto (Something exploded. When the bomb blasted, we dispersed. We were that close. We were there at the street corner),” one inmate recalled.

“Pagsabog, bigla nang pinaalis (kami). Tinawag namin mga SWAT. (Sinabi) namin sa kanila na may sumabog (When the explosion happened, we were dispersed. Then we called the SWAT and told them about the explosion),” he added.

Authorities also noted that most of the inmates inside Quadrant 4 were members of different rebel groups.

According to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Gerald Bantag, the rebels were possibly training their co-detainees on how to manufacture explosives.

“Siguro gusto tayong takutin kasi may mga bali-balita. May intelligence report na itong mga extremists na ito ay nagtuturo kung paano gumawa ng bomba (Perhaps, they just want to intimidate us because there was an intelligence report about extremists who are conducting training on how to make a bomb),” Bantag explained.

Bantag assured that they are ready for any circumstance should there be similar incidents in the future.

“Tinanggap ko itong posisyon na ito at na-program ko na ang sarili ko, (I accepted this position and already programed myself in this,” Bantag said.

“Patay kung patay (I am willing to die if that’s what it takes),” he added.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered an investigation on the incident.

He ordered Bantag to file a written report and launch the investigation along with the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to Secretary Guevarra, the explosion is an indication of the gravity of NBP’s security problem. – MNP (With reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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)

BuCor officials in ‘GCTA for sale’ controversy still under Senate custody

Marje Pelayo   •   October 4, 2019

Joint Senate committee hearing led by the committee on justice and human rights chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon on the Good Conduct Time Allowance controversy and the so-called “ninja cops” on Thursday, October 3. PRIB/JOSEPH VIDAL

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) awaits the recommendation of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on whether or not to accept under witness protection program (WPP) two of the Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officials involved in the Good Conduct Time Allowance controversy or the ‘GCTA for sale.’

The controversy placed the two BuCor officials, Senior Inspector Maria Belinda ‘Mabel’ Bansil and Officer 3 Veronica ‘Boday’ Buño, in hot water after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) revealed the result of its forensic examination on Buño’s cellular phone.

The two were accused of offering ‘GCTA for sale’ to relatives of inmates in exchange for their early release from jail.

Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Richard Gordon offered Bansil and Buño to subject themselves under WPP but Buño insisted that she didn’t have any personal knowledge about the controversy.

“Wala po talaga akong personal knowledge (I have no personal knowledge),” Buño said.

“Pero iyong mga information po ay napi-feed naman po kahit buong Bureau of Corrections ay alam (But all information was fed and known to the entire Bureau of Corrections),” she added.

The Senate wants to delve deeper into the matter particularly to confirm the alleged deleted exchange of text messages between Bansil and Buño which mentioned names of other BuCor officials including Faeldon and some amount related to the GCTA.

Unless the two disclose their knowledge about the alleged ‘GCTA for sale,’ they will remain under the custody of the Senate after the body cited them in contempt.

Gordon gave Bansil and Buño two to three days to speak on what they know about the matter.

Only then will the Senate hold an executive session to discuss whether or not they will recommend the two to be placed under WPP.

If they agree, they will be entitled to government protection and benefits under Republic Act 6981, otherwise known as ‘The Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act.”

According to the provision of the Law, a person under WPP is entitled to the following:

1. Security protection and escort services;

2. Immunity from criminal prosecution and not to be subjected to any penalty or forfeiture for any transaction, matter or thing concerning his compelled testimony or books, documents or writings produced;

3. A secured housing facility;

4. Assistance in obtaining a means of livelihood;

5. Reasonable traveling expenses and subsistence allowance while acting as a witness;

6. Free medical treatment, hospitalization, and medicine for any injury or illness incurred or suffered while acting as a witness;

7. Burial benefits of not less than Ten Thousand pesos (P10,000.00) if the witness is killed because of his participation in the Program;

8. Free education from primary to college level for the minor or dependent children of a witness who dies or is permanently incapacitated; and,

9. Non-removal or demotion in work because of absences due to his being a witness and payment of full salary or wage while acting as a witness.

These benefits are way more than what the Senate can provide which is limited only to security details and free meals.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, meanwhile, said they have not received any sign from the camps of Bansil and Buñoon whether they will accept the government’s offer of protection. – MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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