What's the DOJ's marching order to new corrections chief 'Bato'?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 08 2018 07:55 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and new Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. Composite

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has only one marching order to new Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa: rid the penitentiary of illegal drugs.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra gave the newly installed corrections chief the order amid reports that illegal drug transactions still persist at the national penitentiary.

"There will be only one marching order for Chief Dela Rosa: destroy the drug machinery inside the penitentiary," Guevarra said.

Guevarra and Dela Rosa are set to meet on Friday to discuss how the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief will lead the BuCor.

Dela Rosa, who had led President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign as PNP chief, has vowed to rid the New Bilibid Prison of narcotics, saying he would not tolerate illegal drug syndicates in the state penitentiary.

"Isa lang ang policy ko -- Never tayong mamroblema sa mga tao sa loob. Dapat sila ang mamroblema sa atin. Gawin natin ang lahat para malinis ang Bucor," he said.

(I only have one policy-- we should never worry about the inmates, they should worry about us. Let's do everything to clean the BuCor.)

Several raids at the penitentiary had yielded illegal drugs and other contraband, with inmates able to pursue their trade despite prison security.

-- with a report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News