MANILA - The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has started confiscating contraband items in high-profile cells inside the New Bilibid Prison following ABS-CBN News' series of exclusive reports on prison facilities.
But it seems some inmates have found clever ways to smuggle banned items inside Bilibid.
Dozens of signal boosters and jammers, as well as Wi-Fi antennas, were just some of the contraband items seized by the BuCor in search operations over the weekend.
In a series of investigative reports aired by ABS-CBN News in mid-November, sources said the hi-tech devices were being used by influential inmates to boost cellphone signals and conduct illegal activities in and out of Bilibid.
Some of the devices were confiscated from high-profile inmates earlier named by sources as inmates who run drug, gambling, and other illicit operations inside the maximum security compound.
BuCor Director Franklin Jesus Bucayu earlier admitted to ABS-CBN that the agency is having a hard time addressing the problem because of "personnel issues."
The bureau said it has clamped down on this, but the inmates are finding new and creative ways to smuggle contraband items.
Just this week, the BuCor busted two separate drug shipments inside door-to-door delivery packets.
The BuCor is asking for additional funds to buy X-ray machines, saying manual inspections are tedious and sometimes unreliable.
The agency is also reshuffling personnel and implementing mandatory drug tests for employees.
But the spokesperson for a group of prison guards said this is simply not enough, and Bucayu must resign because of alleged incompetence.
ABS-CBN investigative reports also bared that aside from drugs and signal boosters, inmates are also able to sneak in alcohol, guns, golf carts, and even fighting cocks inside the prison.
This prompted Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to order a far-reaching investigation into the illegal activities inside Bilibid. - with ANC