Solon seeks corruption probe on former prisons chiefs


Posted at Sep 23 2016 01:00 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice should investigate former heads of the prisons bureau to check if they are living beyond their means, following allegations some officials received kickbacks from the illegal drug trade, a lawmaker said Friday.

One former head of the Bureau of Corrections allegedly owns three houses in Metro Manila while another was reported to own 15 apartment units and several luxury vehicles, said Surigao de Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, who chairs the House committee on dangerous drugs.

The corruption investigation, Barbers said, should also include jail guards at the national penitentiary, where convicted crime lords were found to be "living like kings" while running the illegal drug trade from behind bars. 

Congress investigated this week allegations the illegal drug trade was being operated from the New Bilibid Prisons, with government officials allegedly on the take.