3 prison officials face raps over drug lord’s VIP treatment

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THREE officials of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) and seven others are facing administrative charges for the alleged Very Important Person (VIP) treatment of convicted drug lord and Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang commander Ricardo Camata alias “Chacha.”

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In a resolution signed by Secretary Leila de Lima, the head of the Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered the filing of charges against NBP superintendent Fajardo Lansangan, hospital head Dr. Gloria Achazo-Garcia, escort unit head Prison Supt. Gabriel Magan and medical specialist Dr. Ma. Cecilia Villanueva.

De Lima approved the findings of a fact-finding committee led by Undersecretary Francisco Baraan 3rd that prison guards Aldrid Garino, Antonio Bangoy, Eugenio Sabado, Edgardo Gamboa, Ernesto Calla and Herald Duran were liable for Camata’s unauthorized confinement in a private hospital last June.

Charges of grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service are expected to be filed against the respondents before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Lansangan, Garcia, Magan and Villanueva are facing preventive suspension based on de Lima’s recommendation.

Last May, Camata was taken to the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila due to a lung ailment.

On May 27, 2014, Herbert Colangco alias “Ampang” was brought to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Colangco is the leader of a bank robbery gang responsible for heists in 2003 in Pampanga province and the cities of Quezon and Paranaque in 2005.

On May 13, 2014, Amin Buratong, convicted operator of a shabu tiangge (drug flea market), was taken to Medical City in Pasig City due to recurring coronary artery disease and liver ailment.

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