Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Corrections to investigate a riot that occurred at New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa that left 9 inmates dead and 7 injured.
"I’m ready to take drastic actions regarding NBP in view of these violent incidents but I will reserve them till I see (Director General Gerald) Bantag’s report before the end of the day," Guevarra said, adding that he has instructed Bantag to identify all those involved and file criminal charges.
He said also wanted to sanction officials and suspend their privileges for failing to prevent the riot.
"I have asked Bantag of BuCor to investigate and submit a report to me ASAP," said Guevarra.
The riot, which started at 1 a.m. Friday, was between the Sputnik and Commando gangs in the east quadrant area of the facility's maximum security compound.
Prison officials prevented the free-for-all from spreading to the rest of the quadrants.
Six of the fatalities were from the Sputnik faction, while 2 were Commando members.