The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to conduct a fair and honest investigation of the grenade explosion at the Parañaque City Jail that killed 10 inmates.
Interior Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno gave specific instructions to BJMP Officer-in-Charge Chief Supt. Serafin Petronio Barretto Jr. to ensure that there will be no whitewash in the investigation and to file appropriate charges against erring jail personnel.
“It is evident that the Parañaque jail guards had been somehow lax in imposing prison rules and regulations because otherwise, there would be no contraband items in the jail,” he said.
Sueno said the BJMP National Capital Region, Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and the Parañaque Homicide Section are conducting their own investigation.
“We already received the initial report from the BJMP National Headquarters. While we are deeply saddened by this event, what we want right now is for the BJMP to conduct an impartial investigation so we will know the root cause of the incident,” he said.