Members of the Liga ng Mga Barangay sa NBP (LIGA) expressed their acceptance of the challenge of maintaining peace and order inside the Maximum Security Compound of the National Bilibid Prisons in an oath-taking that took place last Saturday.
The oath-taking by 15 new barangay chairmen was led by Jaybee Sebastian, who was also elected president of LIGA sa Bucor (Bureau of Corrections).
Sebastian was commander or bosyo for 13 years of Commando Gang, now called Barangay Maginoo.
Four-hundred-seventy-eight (478) inmates took their oath as barangay tanod while wives of inmates who regularly help in the MSC now act as 109 Dalaw Lupon Officers.
In an interview, NBP Supt. Richard Schwarzkopf Jr. said the inmates had been helping maintain peace and order inside the camp.
It is widely believed by the leadership of NBP-Bucor and the inmates themselves that the MSC has become peaceful because of cooperation from prisoners and participation of the inmates led by LIGA in maintaining order.
Schwarzkopf said any inmate who violates laws and regulations would be surrendered by the LIGA and would be investigated by the NBP-Bucor.
First of the accomplishments of the LIGA was identifying the inmates responsible for a grenade blast last month that killed one inmate and injured 19 others.
“Para nandoon agad ang discipline, ang barangay chairmen ang magdadala sa amin at magsasabi kung sino ang culprits [For discipline to be there, the barangay chairmen tell us who the culprits are],” Schwarzkopf said.
According to the NBP chief, the LIGA’ s involvement in the reform program of the NBP has made them mindful of their future outside the security camp and integration into the regular community of any locality.
Schwarzkopf noted that not only the barangay chairmen of the LIGA are reformed but most especially every one of the inmates.