THE Bulacan Provincial Jail (BPJ) has requested Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges handling the cases of 21 high profile detainees to transfer them to the police headquarters at Camp Gen. Alejo Santos in the City of Malolos so their alleged illegal transactions while inside the jail can be closely monitored.
Retired Col. Fernando Villanueva, provincial warden, made the request after the detainees were pinpointed as conduits or sources of illegal drugs even though no drugs were being brought inside the jail.
“We are currently communicating with the respective judges handling the cases of these detainees earlier transferred to a more heavily guarded cell after they were allegedly used as conduits in illegal drug transactions with people outside the provincial jail through the use of cellphones and through visiting relatives or friends,” he explained.
Earlier, the BPJ tightened security by strictly implementing strong measures, including surprise inspections, to ensure that no illegal activities can emanate from the provincial penitentiary.
Villanueva has reported to Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado that the 21 high profile inmates have already been transferred to a common cell where they are being closely guarded.
On June 15, at least 16 policemen from the provincial office were assigned to the BJP by acting provincial director Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr. to augment jail guards at the gates of the provincial penitentiary and to ensure thorough monitoring of visitors and inspection.