A Chinese drug lord has been occupying a hotel-like kubol (booth) inside the Manila City Jail (MCJ).
This was one of the shocking discoveries during an ‘Oplan Galugad’ operatio on Friday.
Chief Supt. Michael Vidamo, regional director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), identified the Chinese as Zhang Shu Li, who was nabbed in 2012 on illegal drugs charges.
The booth or temporary shelter has a queen-size bed, an aquarium, a touch-screen television, air cooler and a working private table with a blue book, among others.
Vidamo’s agents first raided Dorm 7 where detainees have no tattoos and are not members of any gang.
They also swooped down on Dorm 8 of Batang City Jail where many knives and suspected sachets of shabu were confiscated.
Vidamo admitted that they lack jail guards.
He cited the MCJ, which houses 3,476 detainees but assigned personnel number only 169.
Vidamo said the entire MCJ will be under investigation to find out why there is preferential treatment of detainees as is evident in the Chinese drug lord’s case.
Another raid under “Oplan Galugad” on the Quezon City Jail (QCJ) also on Friday yielded contraband.
The raiding team from BJMP, Philippine National Police-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Special Weapons and Tactics found a flat screen television, cash, drug paraphernalia and cellphone chargers inside a cell of Batang Commando Gang around 4:30 in the morning.
The team also swooped down on the prison cell of Batang City Jail Gang and those of other groups where all inmates were frisked individually.
Authorities found out that the Quezon City Jail is overcrowded since it only has a capacity for 800 to 1,000 inmates but accommodates over 3, 500 at present.
WITH IZA IGLESIAS