Marcos urges prison probe into reports of smuggling

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INDEPENDENT vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday called on the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to thoroughly investigate a reported connivance between jail guards and prisoners to smuggle illegal items into the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), the national penitentiary located in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila).

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Marcos made the appeal after a series of raids conducted at the NBP that resulted in the discovery and confiscation of prohibited items such as electrical appliances, cellular phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets, and even illegal drugs.

The senator noted the banned items found inside the national penitentiary could indicate collusion between jail guards and inmates, and that the BuCor needs to identify those responsible and prosecute them.

“How can you expect drug lords and other criminals to dread the prospect of being jailed or undergo reform when they can live a life of ease inside prisons and even pursue their illegal trade using smuggled gadgets?” Marcos asked in a statement released to the media.

He, however, commended the bureau for its persistence in implementing “Oplan Galugad” within the NBP compound and urged officials of the agency to continue the operation until they rid the national penitentiary of contraband.

Corrective measures, Marcos said, are needed to minimize, if not stop altogether, the connivance between the jail guards and the inmates.

“They must be investigated thoroughly and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he added.

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