MANILA - Next time drug convicts seek unnecessary hospital confinement, put an IV drip laced with poison so they go straight to the morgue.
Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go said this Friday as he expressed exasperation over how some convicts at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) reportedly evade prison time, including hospital admission even when not ill.
"Dapat ‘yong mga drug lords na nagpa-confine dapat hindi ginagamot, dapat saksakan ng lason ang dextrose," Go said in an interview in Pagadian City, where he opened a new Malasakit Center, a one-stop shop for those seeking medical assistance.
(Those drug lords seeking confinement should not be treated, their dextrose should be injected with poison.)
"Sige magtagal pa kayo diyan, sa susunod sasaksakan na namin ang mga dextrose niyo, kayong mga drug lord ha 'pag nagpa-admit pa kayo diyan sa loob ng ospital kung wala kayong sakit, ‘pag nalaman namin na wala kayong sakit, hindi dextrose na pampagaling ang isaksak namin sa inyo, saksakan namin ng hilo di na kayo makalabas sa ospital morgue na kayo."
(Go and stay long there, next time we will inject your dextrose, you drug lords who seek hospital admission even if you're not sick, if we confirm you are not sick, we will not treat you with dextrose but something else that would bring you straight to the morgue.)
At a recent Senate hearing, witnesses recently testified that inmate passes to the NBP Hospital were for sale at the national penitentiary, and that drug convicts who are otherwise in good health were paying for unnecessary hospital admission.
The revelations came amid the controversy surrounding the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, under which some 2,000 heinous crime convicts were released from 2013 until last month.
A witness had alleged that good conduct credits for early release were also for sale, with corrupt BuCor officials in on the racket.
Go warned that drug lords at the Bilibid should "cease your illegal activities or go straight to the morgue. "
He said he has sought a list of drug lords who have requested hospital confinement and what had ailed them. He said the drug trade continued at the prison, and that transactions were being done at the NBP Hospital.
"Di ba sinabi ko na heads will roll at may natanggal na at patuloy na may tatanggalin pa kung mapatunayan na may kalokohan at korapsyon," he said, an apparent reference to former Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon who President Rodrigo Duterte fired amid the GCTA controversy.
(Didn't I say heads will roll, and someone has been fired and this will continue if we prove wrongdoing and corruption.)
- with a report from Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News