THE Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has seized about 40 or 50 percent of the contraband inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila).
This was announced by NBP Supt. Richard Schwarzkopf Jr. during a surprise shakedown at the maximum security compound’s Quadrant 4 (Buildings 2, 5 and 8) on Tuesday morning.
Still part of the so-called “Oplan Galugad” operations that started in November 2015, the latest raid is the 11th and the first for the year 2016.
Led by Schwarzkopf and BuCor Director Ricardo Rainier Cruz 3rd, the raiding team confiscated a stash of prohibited items–knives, aquariums, doves, pornographic DVDs, sex toys, air-conditioning units, refrigerators, water dispensers and cellphones.
One of the confiscated cellphones was discovered to have a text message warning about the impending raid purportedly sent by a jail guard.
Earlier, the NBP guards on Monday confiscated 67 tooters, two cellphones and a butterfly knife.
They also seized a .22 Magnum pistol on Sunday.
Cruz vowed that the sweeping operations will continue until the country’s main penitentiary is totally cleared of prohibited items.
Meanwhile, the NBP has received the fund to rehabilitate the Inmate Visitors Service Unit.
It also got donations of metal detectors and X-ray machines from the Senate.
The NBP is waiting for the go-signal of the Department of Justice to start the rehabilitation project.