MORE raids may be conducted at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to flush out contraband that may not have been discovered during the two recent raids by the National Bureau of Investigation, according to a Malacañang official.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said steps must be taken to ensure that the “rotten” ways of some inmates at the penitentiary are stopped.
Illegal drugs, firearms, wads of cash were among the items seized from the “kubols” (huts) of some inmates at the NBP’s maximum security compound last week.
“Since these have been discovered, there have been a series of meetings by [Justice] Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima in order to ensure that reform measures should take root. They can’t go back to the rotten old ways. Secretary De Lima is putting a stop [to it]right now,” Lacierda said in a radio interview.
“These contraband and all these luxury amenities that these people should not be enjoying should not be there in the first place. Secretary Leila de Lima made that call and there’s an assessment of the performance, specifically in the NBP itself. Someone in charge of the NBP, directly handling the operations, must be held responsible for that,” he added. “We defer to Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima on what would be the next measures to take vis-à-vis the President’s instruction that these things should not happen ever again.”
De Lima earlier said inmates should surrender all contraband items before by Christmas day or more raids will be conducted.
“I told them to produce that, otherwise I will really . . . turn the facility upside down,” she told reporters.
Three officials connected with Bilibid were relieved of their posts pending investigation on the apparent complicity of jail officials in allowing the items to be smuggled in, she said.