Riot breaks out in New Bilibid Prison

Robie de Guzman   •   October 9, 2020   •   598

MANILA, Philippines – A riot broke out between two warring groups inside the New Bilibid Prison early Friday morning, a Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) official confirmed.

BuCor Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag said the violence erupted around 2:30 a.m. between members of the Sputnik and Commando gangs.

The commotion took place in one quadrant of the prison but was quickly contained by jail officials.

Chaclag confirmed there were casualties in the incident but could not give the exact number as his office has yet to receive the report.

He said investigation to determine the cause of the riot is underway.

New Bilibid Prison riot death toll climbs to 4

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The number of inmates who perished in a riot that erupted Monday at the New Bilibid Prison’s maximum security compound has climbed to four, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.

BuCor spokesperson Gabriel Chaklag said 20 other persons deprived of liberty (PDL) injured in the brawl are still undergoing medical treatment.

The bureau initially confirmed three fatalities and 64 wounded inmates in the incidence of violence that broke out Monday morning between the Sigue-Sigue Sputnik and Commando gangs.

The incident occurred exactly one month after a riot erupted inside the NBP maximum security compound that left nine inmates dead and several others injured.

Chaklag said inmates are currently not allowed to leave their cells as part of the disciplinary action imposed by the bureau following the incident.

“Binigyan natin sila ng pagkakataon dati, ano. Although mga kriminal yun, tinrato natin sila bilang tao at napakalaking bagay yun. Pinakinggan sila ng Chief for humanitarian reason, pagkakataon na ipagkasundo nila yung mga nag-aaway-away na miyembro pero ganun pa rin ang nangyari despite that,” he said.

“So medyo drastic ang actions natin ngayon, yung mga disciplinary action ang ibig nating sabihn,” he added.

Chaklag assured that the situation is now under control and that the NBP is back to normal operations. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Mac Cordova)

Three dead, 64 hurt in latest New Bilibid Prison riot – BuCor

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Three persons were killed and 64 others were injured in the latest riot that erupted within the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) maximum security compound, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said Monday.

The BuCor said the three persons deprived of liberty (PDL) were declared dead on arrival at the NBP Hospital while six of the 64 wounded persons were referred to the Ospital ng Muntinlupa for medical attention.

The bureau earlier reported that a “free for all scuffle” transpired inside the Bilibid compound at 8:39 a.m.

Members of the Corrections bureau, Philippine National Police’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Special Action Force (SAF), and the Bureau of Fire Protection have been deployed to contain the situation.

The BuCor said some members of the operating team sustained minor injuries while suppressing the commotion.

Initial investigation showed that the incident was between Sigue-Sigue Sputnik and Sigue-Sigue Commando gangs.

No further details were provided as of this writing.

The riot was contained around 10 a.m., the BuCor said, adding that its personnel are on the process of clearing the area.

The bureau assured that the situation is now under control and that the NBP is back to normal operations.

The incident occurred exactly one month after a riot erupted inside the NBP maximum security compound that left nine inmates dead and several others injured.

The Department of Justice said it has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the incident or expand its probe on the previous riot.

Another riot erupts at New Bilibid Prison – BuCor

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Another riot broke out at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City on Monday, a month after similar incident left nine inmates dead, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.

In a Facebook post, the BuCor said the “free for all scuffle” occurred around 8:39 a.m. on Monday inside Bilibid’s maximum security compound.

Bureau personnel who were at the offices during the incident were ordered to immediately evacuate the national headquarters to ensure that no injuries will be inflicted to them, it added.

There was no report yet on possible casualties during the brawl.

The agency said immediate response from the bureau, PNP-SWAT, Police Special Action Force, and Bureau of Fire Personnel were deployed but did not say whether the incident has ended.

“Penal colonies were also advised to be on red alert in order to ensure peace and order within their area of responsibility,” it added.

The BuCor said its director general Gerald Bantag is “on top of the situation” and is giving instructions to the response team.

“Investigation will be conducted to identify the cause of incident. Disciplinary measures will be imposed on those who are responsible,” the agency said.

In October, a riot erupted inside the NBP maximum security compound that left nine inmates killed and several others injured.

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