MANILA - The illegal drug trade coming from inside the national penitentiary continues despite the Duterte administration's war on drugs, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said Wednesday.
"(Mayroon) tayong mga contact sa loob mismo ng Bilibid. In fact inamin din ni Sec. (Vitaliano) Aguirre na mayroong drug trade sa kulungan. Nakaka-receive pa rin tayo continuously ng information na mayroon pa ring drug trade sa loob," he said in a press conference.
Alejano alleged that inmates who accused Senator Leila de Lima of involvement in the drug trade can still use cellphones behind bars.
"Hawak-hawak pa rin ang cellphone, internet--eh yun ang ipinagbabawal dahil dito sila nagta-transact sa cellphone. Yun ang information na ating naririnig," he said.
"Di mo naman ma-control kasi baka bumaliktad. Pag bumaliktad, sasabihin 'pinilit lang kami para mag testify kay Sen. De Lima'," he added.
Alejano said according to his source, Bilibid inmates are able to use their phones while walking in broad daylight without being called out by security officers.
"Ito ang nangyayari ngayon: ginamit lang nila para makulong si Sen. De Lima pero they themselves they are allowing it. They can always deny it because kontrolado nila ang loob," he said.
De Lima is accused of accepting drug money from prisoners when she was justice secretary from 2010 and 2015. Several high-profile inmates of the New Bilibid Prison tagged De Lima's involvement when they testified in a congressional inquiry into the proliferation of the illegal drug trade inside the penitentiary.
Alejano said the prison guards and the prisoners keep a mutually beneficial relationship.
"Mine-maintain ang relationship ng kulong at ng gwardya: ang gwardya maliit ang sweldo; ang kulong, life sentence. They are helping each other," he said.
"Kung hindi mo bubuwagin, patuloy pa rin mangyayari ang gawain ng droga... dapat palitan ang sistema," he added.
Alejano said signal jammers that can prevent transactions of inmates and people outside the Bilibid are always turned off.
"May jammers sa loob ng kulungan. Ino-on lang yan pag ini-inspect. Gumagana ang ating mga jammers. Pero sino ba ang nag-o-on nyan? Pag wala nang tumitingin, off yan. So tuloy pa rin ang negosyo," he said.