200 Metro Manila cops recalled from Bilibid after contraband smuggling mess

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2019 11:55 AM

MANILA — The Metro Manila police on Thursday withdrew 200 officers from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa after 16 of them were accused of smuggling contraband items into the national penitentiary. 

The group was assigned back to the headquarters of the National Capital Region Police Office, said its chief, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas. 

Meanwhile, the 16 officers who allegedly brought tobacco, 2 liters of alcohol and cellphones inside Bilibid were placed on floating status while facing administrative investigation, he told reporters. 

Investigators are also studying filing a criminal case against them, said Sinas. 

The 16 officers allegedly sold liquor to prisoners for P10,000 to P20,000 per liter. 

Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag requested police reinforcement in Bilibid while his own subordinates underwent training and evaluation, after some prison guards and officials were accused of pocketing bribes from prisoners, the NCRPO earlier said. 

Aside from the Metro Manila police, elite policemen from the Special Action Force were also sent to guard the prison, where some convicted drug lords allegedly continued to run their narcotics transactions from behind bars.
 
Report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News