CEBU CITY — Five to seven men were seen outside the detention cell of Cebu road rage suspect David Lim Jr. at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
These men barred members of the media and visitors of other prisoners from going near the detention cells.
According to the two police officers assigned at the facility, no one is allowed near the cells beyond visiting hours, which are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
However, the police were unable to explain why the unidentified men, allegedly Lim's private bodyguards, were allowed in the area.
At about 7 p.m., a man and a woman believed to be Lim's relatives were allowed to go near his cell. They were allowed by the police and unidentified men there.
Members of the media informed Cebu City Police Office Director Senior Superintendent Joel Doria about the incident.
According to Doria, police will investigate the presence of the alleged private bodyguards near the detention area.
He also reprimanded the police officers for allowing those men to stay near the cells. One of the guards, SPO2 Jonathan Almendra, was relieved of his duties for allowing people in after visiting hours, and failing to report the presence of alleged bodyguards and allowing them to stay in the area.
Almendra will be transferred to the police headquarters in Cebu.
Doria said visiting hours will be strictly implemented.