Sunday, December 21, 2014
Surprise Inspection Finds Shabu, Luxury Items in New Bilibid Prison
Heads will roll, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima vowed after shabu, cash, and luxury items like Rolex watches and 48-inch TV, were discovered inside the New Bilibid Prison’s (NBP’s) maximum security compound during a surprise inspection yesterday.
The inspection of the prison cells was conducted by De Lima and operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The prison cells in the maximum prison facility house convicted drug lords.
Among the items discovered were some 500 grams of a substance believed to be shabu, a 48-inch TV set, Jacuzzi, Rolex watches, sound system, musical instruments, refrigerator, PlayStation 4, and cash in local and foreign currency.
The discovery led to the transfer of 20 convicted drug lords from the NBP maximum facility to an undisclosed facility immediately after the order of De Lima.
Supt. Celso Bravo, officer-in-charge of the BuCor Office of the Assistant Director for Prison and Security, told Manila Bulletin that they will implement the orders of the DOJ following the inspection.
Also discovered in the maximum prison were cubicles which had been renovated and found excessive. Bravo said the prisoners’ “kubol” (cubicles) had violated rules and will be dismantled.
Supt. Venancio Tesoro, former NBP superintendent who now heads the Davao Prison and Penal Farm, explained the nature of the “kubol” in his blog. “In reality, the ‘kubol’ is just an ordinary construction arrangement, a mere contraption, which inmates took upon themselves since the State has no funds to rebuild prison structure into cell blocks.”
“Kubol,” he said, “is just a simple approach to translate unsympathetic dormitory barracks into livable cells or makeshift studios. It is just plain recognition and understanding of the incarcerated humanity on a personal level.”
The DOJ’s surprise inspection came after the seizure of cell phone signal boosters and other items from inmates’ dormitories two weeks ago.
As a result, the BuCor ordered the reshuffle of all prison guards to avoid familiarity with prisoners.
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