Despite promises of reforms and intensified security, an inmate escaped from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Sunday.
NBP Superintendent Richard Schwarzkopf Jr. said the prison break was confirmed on Sunday when the jail guards conducted a head count, prompted by the discovery of a rake with a rope purportedly used by the inmate to pull off the escape.
The inmate was identified as Reynaldo Avergonzado from Dorm 12-B of the maximum security compound. He was allegedly a member of the Batman Gang 357.
Schwarzkopf surmised Teteng tied a rope around the rake to climb the fence at about 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, the NBP has extended visiting hours for prisoners during the holiday season.
Visitors can now visit from 5 a.m to 3 p.m. Inmates’ wives or partners can stay overnight.
However, visitors will have to go through a rigid screening. Instead of presenting IDs, visitors to the state penitentiary will now be photographed.
The NBP management has created a database of visitors’ photos and basic information as part of the new security measure aimed at ridding the detention facility of contraband.
The procedure was first implemented on December 24.
The Bureau of Corrections has been intensifying its campaign against the smuggling of contraband through a series of raids dubbed as “Oplan Galugad.”