NCRPO chief says cops 'not equipped to deal with prisoners'

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 05 2019 10:35 AM | Updated as of Nov 05 2019 10:49 AM

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MANILA - Metro Manila's newly-installed police chief on Tuesday said he does not want policemen manning the national penitentiary.

The Bureau of Corrections had tapped the metro's police force after its chief removed personnel from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa as part of its internal cleansing amid corruption allegations.

"Iba po ang trabaho ng pulis (The police's job is different). We are not equipped to deal with prisoners. However, since the BuCor requested us to assist them we have to make do," Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas told ANC's Headstart.

"Kung later on, the police becomes the problem and siya ang biniblame na lang, we better pull out the police kung police na ang naging problema."

(If later on, the police becomes the problem and he's the one being blamed, we better pull out the police if the police has become the problem.)

He earlier withdrew 200 officers from the national penitentiary after 16 policemen were accused of smuggling contraband inside Bilibid.

Two more senior policemen face charges after the PNP found out that they ordered 2 subordinates to sneak in liquor and cigarettes, according to Sinas.

The remaining 14 brought personal phones to the prison, which were confiscated upon inspection, Sinas added.

"Yung 14 na cellphone binigay na namin para kukunin ang laman. According to investigators lahat personal. There was really no intent," he said.

(We gave the 14 cellphones to get their content. According to investigators, these were all personal phones.)