Robin Padilla: I saw shabu being 'cooked' inside Bilibid

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Posted at Dec 19 2014 01:06 PM | Updated as of Oct 28 2016 07:12 PM

MANILA - Actor and former convict Robin Padilla blames constant changes in prison leadership for the persistence of illegal activities inside the New Bilibid Prison.

Padilla, who spent more than three years in Bilibid for illegal possession of firearms, said he even witnessed illegal drugs being "cooked" inside the state penitentiary.

"Pagpasok ko ng kulungan, ang bumulaga sa akin mga inmate tumatalon sa third floor...Ginagawa sa maximum. Ang tao, ang daming dalaw. Linuluto po dun pero lumang tugtugin 'yun. Lahat ng tao sa kulungan alam 'yun. Pagdating ko nga doon, ang tanong sa akin ng gwardya, 'anong gusto mong tirahin?'" he said in an interview on the ANC show "Headstart" on Friday.

"Firearms, jacuzzi, may nagja-jogging pa noon naka-Armalite. May 45 nga ako sa loob dati. Hindi kasi pwedeng walang gamit doon. 'Pag sinarado na lahat at wala nang gwardya sa loob, war 'yun," he added.

Padilla said he and former Bureau of Corrections Director General Vicente Vinarao started the inmates' crusade against drugs to stop the illegal activities, but this was discontinued when Vinarao was replaced.

He said he lobbied for the retention of Vinarao during the term of former President Gloria Arroyo and even President Benigno Aquino III to no avail.

"Sana ibalik nila yung dating nakaugalian na yung boss ay 'yung gang boss. Hindi porke't mayaman ka o drug lord ka, ikaw na 'yung boss kasi siyempre gagawin mo nang kaharian mo yun. 'Pag ikaw na ang nakaupo dun, lahat na ng kalokohan ginagawa. Wala nang batas," he said.

"Ang ginawa ni General Vinarao, ginawa niyang professional. Naglagay siya ng criminologist. 'Yan ang gusto kong itanong. Nasaan na 'yung mga criminologist na gwardya ngayon?" he asked.

ANC DATELINE PHILIPPINES, December 19, 2014