Lawbreakers, particularly perpetrators of heinous crimes, are thrown in jail supposedly to prevent them from repeating their offenses and victimizing other people.
Unfortunately in this country, hardened criminals find a haven in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, where they continue a life of lawlessness and violence, as well as luxury.
These things happen because of the corrupted system in the NBP and the incompetence of top officials.
That is why the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has urged the inept Aquino administration to impose “martial law” inside the NBP, which means let the military run the prisons.
I agree 100 percent with VACC founder and president Dante Jimenez who said the public was made to believe that the NBP will be free from contrabands when 19 rich and influential inmates were brought back to the NBP’s Bldg. 14 after being detained temporarily at the National Bureau of Investigation.
The VACC founder added that people were given “false hopes” that NBP management will improve after then-Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) head Franklin Jesus Bucayu was replaced by former Army general Ricardo Reiner Cruz.
“It seems that what we are witnessing in the NBP is just the tip of the iceberg that needs a major surgery [that can be done]by imposing drastic measures which we victims of heinous crimes demand,” Jimenez said.
Dionisio Santiago, a former chief of staff of the AFP, imported military personnel during his term at the NBP.
Irregularities in the national penitentiary did not stop, however.
In fact, the operation of a shabu laboratory there was exposed.
Lightning raids led by erstwhile Justice Secretary Leila de Lima exposed the manufacture of metamphetamine hydrochloride.
De Lima also unraveled the lifestyle of the “rich and famous” enjoyed by high-profile inmates who enjoy amenities like waterbed, audio-visual recording studio, bathtubs, air-conditioning, theater-like television rooms, cable services, fully furnished kitchens.
This is outrageous because, as we said, NBP detainees are supposed to be restricted, punished and, perhaps “rehabilitated.”
Instead, they are able to perpetrate their life of crime, and rewarded with illegal furlough and even sex tours.
In the latest incident of violence, at least one prisoner was reportedly killed and the ensuing inspection yielded more firearms and other deadly weapons.
I don’t think these items were smuggled into the NBP facilities under the skirts of inmates’ visitors.
Also discovered were prohibited drugs and paraphernalia used to make them. Yes, these convicts have turned the NBP facilities into an illegal drugs “laboratory.”
It is high time that the stubborn and inutile government learns to listen to suggestions, such as that of VACC’s Jimenez.
Place NBP under full military rule, and let’s see if this is exactly what needs to be done there.
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