MANILA – Visits at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) have been suspended following the stabbing incidents involving two rival groups at the penitentiary last Monday.
NBP Superintendent Fajardo Lansangan said the suspension, which began today, was imposed to ensure the safety of the public even though tensions have eased.
Last Monday, a riot involving members of the Batang City Jail and Sputnik Gang resulted in the death of two inmates.
Sputnik member George Almo, a murder convict, was stabbed dead by Batang City Jail member Nelson Enrico while he was on his way to the chapel inside the Maximum Security Compound at around 8:45 a.m.
Around the same time, Sptunik member Abbe Cabiltes stabbed dead Batang City Jail member Louie Hirang.
Some 30 minutes before Almo and Hirang's stabbings, Batang City Jail member Nolfie Ladiao got wounded after being stabbed while he was playing basketball. Ladiao's assailant was identified as Enrico de Asis, a Sputnik gang member convicted for homicide.
Lansangan said De Asis figured in an altercation with another member of Batang City Jail, a certain Stephen Benitez alias Joko, on Sunday afternoon.
Due to the incident, NBP officials ordered a lockdown of all cells in order to prevent further violence.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima also ordered an investigation into the stabbing incidents. Bilibid officials have confiscated some 100 weapons from the inmates since Monday.
The two warring gangs have already signed a peace agreement. – report from Dennis Datu, dzMM