Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered the dismissal from the service of Supt. Catalino Malinao of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) after it was discovered that his office-issued laptop was in the possession of an inmate.
It was also found out that Malinao interfered with operations of the NBP’s Security and Patrol Unit.
He will also suffer other accessory penalties such as forfeiture of his retirement benefits and cancelation of eligibility to be reemployed in any branch and instrumentality of the government.
De Lima on December 15, 2014 led a raid on the NBP, the national penitentiary located in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila), and ordered the arrest and transfer of several high-profile prisoners being given VIP treatment by Bureau of Corrections authorities.
Money, drug paraphernalia, lewd objects, guns, ammunition and knives were seized during the raid.
Later, de Lima also ordered the transfer of 20 of the high-profile prisoners to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) detention cell on Taft Avenue in Manila.
These prisoners would embarrass de Lima and NBI officials when shortly after their transfer they were able to sneak in P750,000 cash in local and foreign currencies.
The money, it turned out, was brought in by stuffing it inside a lechon (roasted pig).