9 killed as rival gangs riot inside Bilibid

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Posted at Oct 09 2020 10:15 AM | Updated as of Oct 09 2020 01:25 PM

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MANILA (2ND UPDATE) - Nine gang members were killed in a riot between rival gangs inside New Bilibid Prison before dawn Friday, officials said. 

BuCor Spokesman Gabriel Chaglag said members of the rival Sputnik and Commando Gangs rioted in one quadrant of the prison at around 2:30 a.m. 

"Nagpang-abot po 'yung dalawang grupo, yung Sputnik at Commando. Meron pong mga casualties at nasugatan...Meron talagang namatay," he said in an ABS-CBN TeleRadyo interview. 

A BuCor update later said 2 Commando Gang members and 7 Sputnik Gang members were killed in the riot. 

Chaglag said that unlike a regular jail, the New Bilibid Prison is "like a barangay" with a population of 18,000. He said prison guards do not monitor inmates on a 24/7 basis. 

"Kung tatanungin niyo po kung nakikita oras-oras ang ating mga preso, hindi po... Meron tayong mga CCTV sa strategic areas.”

Asked what caused the commotion, he said: "Dito sa loob, magkatinginan lang, magkasagian lang, sapat na 'yun para magkapatayan sila. Pero iimbestigahan natin, baka may mas malalim pang dahilan."