DOJ orders probe of Bilibid 'escape tunnel'


Posted at Aug 19 2014 12:35 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2014 01:16 AM

MANILA – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered an investigation into the discovery of an alleged "escape tunnel" found inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) compound.

Reports said the tunnel, which was discovered during a pipe-laying project of Maynilad Water Services inside the NBP compound, was located at the back of Building 11-D, which serves as a detention facility for former soldiers and police officers.

The spot where the tunnel was found was also near the prison cell of convicted drug lord Amin Buratong.

NBP Superintendent Roberto Rabo said the ''tunnel'' found inside the prison compound is not a passageway but just an old drainage tunnel.

He clarified that the three firearms reported to be discovered in the tunnel were just tools and old pipes. Report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News