Police search Camp Bagong Diwa jail ahead of Traslacion 2017

Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2017 11:11 PM

TAGUIG — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) searched on Saturday two Special Intensive Care jail facilities inside Camp Bagong Diwa amid terror threats ahead of Monday's procession of the Black Nazarene.

About 250 officers searched jail cells where suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf and other high-profile inmates are detained. 

Police seized contraband items, such as two cellphones as well as a notebook filled with phone numbers. The items are being investigated.

"Importante yun, mapag-aralan, maimbistigahan especially yung mga contact numbers, bank account kung meron, account numbers," said Police Senior Superintendent Eleazar Matta, NCRPO regional intelligence officer.

(It is important to study and investigate especially the contact number as well as bank accounts if there are.)

Matta said his office has not confirmed that threats exist within Camp Bagong Diwa but he said police are not discounting any possibility.

Threats to the annual Black Nazarene procession are not new and the NCRPO said they believe this year’s procession will be safe as well.