THE Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) plans transfer over a thousand inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City to ease congestion.
Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz 3rd, director general of BuCor, said there is a need to relocate some prisoners to give way to the renovation program in the state penitentiary’s maximum security compound.
Cruz said shipping containers that have been customized as prison cells will be installed soon in a bid to replace the quarters that were recently demolished to stop the alleged special treatment being given to gang leaders and other high-profile prisoners.
The 1,000 inmates will be moved to prisons and penal farms in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro and Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Those who will be selected are inmates in the maximum security compound, except the old and ailing.
Along with more than 50 high-value inmates who are murderers and drug lords, there are at least 14,000 convicts confined in 13 dormitories in the 19-hectare prison complex.
BuCor spokesman Monsignor Roberto Olaguer earlier urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to grant executive clemency to deserving inmates to decongest the NBP and avoid turmoil.