A wild cat, sex toys, illegal drugs and high-powered firearms were among the illegal items seized by authorities during a shakedown inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City on Wednesday.
Personnel of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) raided buildings 2, 5 and 9 of the maximum security compound where members of the Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Commando and Genuine Ilocano gangs were detained, according to BuCor spokesman Msgr. Roberto Olaguer.
Confiscated from inmates were various high-powered firearms, airsoft guns, bags and boxes of ammunition, bladed weapons, wooden knuckles, bullet-proof vests, sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, equipment for making liquor, and power tools.
There were also sex toys, a civet cat locally known as musang, gambling cards, Ipads, and cellular phones with chargers and earphones.
Some of the inmates were also found to have rooms with “extravagant facilities” and amenities such as televisions, DVD players and refrigerators.
A total of P140,000 cash was seized.
BuCor Chief Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz 3rd surmised that the contrabands were transported by construction workers, thrown over the gates, or smuggled in through the connivance of jail guards.
Earlier, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) proposed that the military should take over the operations in the national penitentiary to enforce law and order.
VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez said the killing of Commando leader Charlie Quidato, convicted in the assassination of Masbate City Mayor Moises Espinosa Jr. in 2001, and the confiscation of firearms, grenades, and jewelry in past raids would justify a military control of the NBP.
Olaguer however rejected the proposal, saying there is no war in the prison compound.