“The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) is undertaking several measures to purge the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) of contraband items that are found during raids,” reports ABS-CBNnews.com.
In an interview with dzMM, BuCor director Ricardo Rainier Cruz III said that they “are constructing additional facilities inside the NBP to de-congest prison cells and make inspections easier.” Next, they “also continue to search for items that may be used by prisoners as weapons, including parts of steel beds and materials left from construction projects.”
Moreover, the Bucor is also revising the operating manual of NBP. Cruz explained that the raids conducted under “Oplan Galugad” will be held weekly inside the country’s largest detention facility.
In the inspection conducted on Tue, Dec 8, at the NBP security camp once again seized prohibited items such as appliances, gadgets, and marijuana.
Six security personnel — assigned to Buildings 1 and 2, Inmate Custodial Aid, Reception and Diagnostic Center, and Prison-Inmate Labor Contract Office — were caught keeping cellphones inside their desks.
They were summoned by Cruz for an investigation, as prisoners possibly asked the six personnel to hide the phones shortly before the raid. The mobile phones may have been confiscated during prior raids, but were not turned over to authorities.
The BuCor personnel will be removed from service if they are proven to be colluding with prisoners.