'Bato' suspects notorious inmates abuse hospital passes

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2019 04:19 PM

MANILA -- High profile inmates at the New Bilibid prisons were abusing hospital issuance of hospital passes, Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said Tuesday, citing his experience as prisons chief.

At one point, Dela Rosa said he moved a group of inmates to a building in Bilibid from a hospital where they were running illegal drug activities and other crimes, Dela Rosa told ANC.

"May impormasyon ako na itong mga drug lord na ito na hindi makapag-conduct ng kanilang business doon sa Building 14 dahil sa sobrang strikto, nagpapa-confine sa hospital kasi doon sa hospital libre silang makipaghalubilo sa ibang mga preso doon na kakutsaba nila sa negosyo sa droga," Dela Rosa said.

(I received information that these drug lords couldn't operate in Building 14 because their guards are too strict so they had themselves confined to the hospital where they were free to mingle with other inmates and their cohorts in the drug trade.)

The Department of Justice on Tuesday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the alleged sale of hospital passes to inmates of the national penitentiary.

Aside from the alleged sale of good conduct credits to convicts, witnesses have also surfaced to testify that hospital passes and several other prison benefits were being sold at the New Bilibid Prisons, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo Lacson earlier said.