Ex-BI men say lives in danger due to 'tokhang' inmates

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 12 2018 08:41 PM

MANILA - Detained former immigration officials Al Argosino and Michael Robles manifested before the Sandiganbayan 6th Division that their lives are in danger in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig. 

They told the court that there are inmates at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility in the camp who are facing illegal drugs charges. 

Argosino and Robles, through their lawyers, earlier told the anti-graft court that they are not secure in Camp Bagong Diwa because they are fraternity brothers with President Rodrigo Duterte, who has waged war against illegal drugs, and that there are "tokhang" inmates inside the facility.

Because Camp Bagong Diwa is not safe for them, Argosino and Robles requested the 6th Division to detain them instead at the custodial center of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame.

“In support of the said motion, accused, through counsels respectfully submit before the honorable court a certification dated 12 April 2018 confirming the allegations that there are detainees charged with violation of R.A. 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 as amended presently detained in Quezon City Jail Annex Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City,” lawyer Job Florante Castillo said in the motion.

In the certification issued by the BJMP on Thursday and signed by Jail Chief Inspector Luis Franco Cleofe, there are 572 detainees at the Quezon City jail annex, which is located inside Camp Bagong Diwa.

“It is further certified that out of 572 detainees presently detained in Quezon City Jail Annex, 419 detainees are charged with various violations of Republic Act No. 9165 otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, as amended,” Cleofe said.