BuCor officer stabbed inside Bilibid ahead of Senate hearing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2019 11:21 AM | Updated as of Sep 12 2019 06:49 PM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - A Bureau of Corrections officer was stabbed by an inmate at the national penitentiary's maximum security compound on Thursday morning, police said.

The attack comes amid the Senate investigation on the alleged sale of good conduct credits in the New Bilibid Prisons for the early release of convicts.

Correction Insp. Edgaro Ferrer is now in a stable condition following the incident, according to BuCor public information officer Sonny del Rosario.

Ferrer was stabbed with a pair of scissors by an inmate who suffers from schizophrenia at around 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Del Rosario said.

The prisoner was released from confinement at the national penitentiary's hospital last July 23, he added.

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At least 3 BuCor officials have been killed since September 2018, with the Metro Manila police saying it was investigating the possible link between the fatal shooting of the victims and the release of hundreds of heinous crime convicts for good conduct. 

At the Senate hearing, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it was alarmed by the killings.

"Natatakot na rin po ang DOJ because may mga reports na nga po na agitated na po ang inmates. That's why we have to put an end to all these issues," Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco said.

Sen. Richard Gordon, meantime, urged the agency to direct BuCor to come up with daily reports on any infraction inside the prison.--With reports from Raffy Santos and Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News