Metro Manila police lends 500 cops to Bilibid

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Posted at Oct 08 2019 10:12 AM

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The Metro Manila police said Tuesday it deployed around 500 personnel to keep watch over inmates at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa, an alleged control center of illegal drug transactions across the country.

Convicted drug lords at the national penitentiary allegedly oversee the narcotics trade across the country with the help of corrupt prisons officials and gang members who are still at-large, authorities earlier said.

New Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag requested police to send personnel to Bilibid while his own subordinates undergo training and evaluation, said National Capital Region Police Office chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.

"Kung makakatulong tayo dito, matutulungan din tayo sa malaking problema ng droga na itong Metro Manila [ang] naaapektuhan," he told radio DZMM.

(If we can assist here, we'll also get help in the big problem of drugs that affect Metro Manila.)

Aside from NCRPO personnel, elite policemen from the Special Action Force also guard the prison, he said.

Police, the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will also establish a liaison office inside Bilibid, said Eleazar.

"Ito rin ay para po ma-thwart natin iyong any attempt ng convicted drug lords and personalities na ituloy iyong pag-supervise at pagko-control ng operations nila using their tentacles outside the NBP," he said.

(This is so we could thwart any attempt of convicted drug lords and personalities to continue supervising and controlling their operations using their tentacles outside the NBP.)

GUN-TOTING PRISONS CHIEF

Eleazar also mentioned that he once saw Bantag carrying a gun and hunting knife as he inspected Bilibid.

"Aside from the machine gun nga po, mayroon pang nakita ako na hunting knife po nasa likuran lang niya, dala-dala niya habang siya'y umiikot sa kaniyang area," said the police official.

(Aside from the machine gun, I also saw a hunting knife on his back, he was carrying it while making rounds in his area.)

"Hindi po maiaalis iyon kasi pagdating n'ya, wala naman siyang tao... Siya'y may mga banta kaya nararapat lang," he added.

(You can't remove that because when he arrived, he had no personnel. And he had threats, so it was only proper.)

Bantag replaced Nicanor Faeldon, who was sacked by President Rodrigo Duterte in September over the questionable release of several heinous crime convicts.

Duterte appointed Bantag to the BuCor despite homicide charges n connection with a 2016 jail blast that left him wounded and 10 prisoners dead in Parañaque.

DZMM, October 8, 2019