A RETIRED police colonel is being eyed to head the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) in Muntinlupa City to institute corrective, effective and efficient measures and eventually stop drug transactions in the prison facility, an informed source disclosed on Monday
A senior police official based in Camp Crame, who asked not be named, said President Rodrigo Duterte is seriously considering the appointment of retired Senior Supt. Rodrigo Bonifacio to head the Bucor to enforce drastic reforms in the already tainted prison facility, including the prosecution of those involved in the illegal drugs trade.
The source added that Duterte met Bonifacio on June 11 and on June 24 at the Hotel Elena in Panacan in Davao City.
Bonifacio is a former police narcotics operative and also the founding chairman of the People’s Volunteer Against Illegal Drugs that has actively promoted and advanced Duterte’s campaign against corruption, criminality and drugs.
During his stint, Bonifacio contributed significantly in the fight against illegal drugs and the neutralization of criminal syndicates operating in Metro Manila and its adjoining provinces.
Days before his inauguration as president, Duterte was irked by the continued trading of illicit drugs inside the penitentiary by a convicted big time Chinese drug lord and vowed to stop illegal drugs in due time.
Controversy has hounded the Bucor after authorities — despite strict security measures enforced in both the minimum and maximum prison compound — discovered substantial amounts of illegal drugs and high-powered firearms.
Bucor insiders said illegal dealings inside the facility could not be eradicated because of rampant corruption among jail security personnel in cahoots with Very Important Personality (VIP) inmates.
In the past several months, former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima initiated a series of raids at the Bucor, resulting in the confiscation of drug paraphernalia, several firearms and communication equipment.
Bonifacio, when sought by Camp Crame reporters, said that he will assemble a tough team with tactical and technical proficiency to handle the challenging job in accordance with Duterte’s battle cry and policy against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs.
“This menace has to be stopped to protect the would-be victims of illegal drugs, especially the innocent children whose future is at stake from drug lords and dealers and their protectors in the bureaucracy,” Bonifacio told reporters.