• ‘VIP’ convicts to be moved to new cells

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    A new “home” awaits 19 high-profile inmates of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) who are temporarily detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

    Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said the high-profile inmates will soon be transferred to a renovated building at the NBP in Muntinlupa City.

    She said Building 14, which is outside the maximum security compound, was a former detention cell for hardened criminals scheduled for death row. The building has not been used because the death penalty was junked in 2006.

    The last to be executed by lethal injection was rapist Leo Eschegaray in 1999.

    The 19 “VIP” inmates were transferred to the NBI following raids at the maximum security compound in December last year. The raid yielded illegal drugs, sex toys, guns, and wads of cash.

    De Lima however could not say when the convicts will be transferred, noting that it will depend on the speed of the renovation.

    Meanwhile, the Justice chief said President Benigno Aquino 3rd is not bent on granting executive clemency or pardon to any NBP inmate, including Rolito Go, who was convicted for murder.

    The DOJ has prepared a list of some 200 elderly inmates who may be granted pardon in time for the visit of Pope Francis next week.

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