FORMER Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Sunday expressed support to a proposal to create an independent body that will look into reported anomalies inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) as well as failure of government officials in the NBP to implement the law.
Lacson said he is willing to lead the investigating panel.
The former lawmaker, in a radio interview on Sunday, pointed to a serious need to investigate the anomalies inside the NBP, the national penitentiary.
“The NBP problem has cut across various administrations, these anomalies are not only happening in the [Aquino] administration,” Lacson said.
He was referring to the recent discovery of illegal structures and contraband inside the maximum security compound of the NBP during a raid last week.
The raiding team seized several firearms, cash, illegal drugs and appliances from huts of inmates who are mostly convicted drug lords.
The discovery prompted some groups to call for the ouster of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Franklin Jesus Bucayu.
Lason, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, said he became aware of the problems inside the NBP when he was still a captain. He recalled that he once participated in conducting a raid inside the prison and a number of illegal firearms were confiscated.
Lacson was also involved in an investigation of a prisoner who was a primary suspect in a murder that happened outside the NBP.
“The prisoner was able to get out of the prison at night, committed the crime and went back early morning,” he said.
“Anomalies had been happening inside the NBP even in the past, that is why we have to give credit to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima because she was able to unearth the ongoing anomalies inside,” Lacson added.
He said he would gladly accept if he was asked to be part of a fact-finding team to be created for the investigation of the anomalies at the national penitentiary.
According to the former senator, he could contribute a lot in the probe since he already have some ideas on how the law is flouted at the NBP.