Malicious minds pretending to be members of an unnamed religious sect have been bringing a different kind of heaven to the inmates of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“I received information that some religious personnel preaching inside Bilibid are conduits of illegal drugs and prostitution,” said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre in a report by the Inquirer.
A non-government organization (NGO) and three prison guards informed Aguirre of the religious group’s suspicious activities.
“Kontrolado na talaga ng drug lords ‘yung Bilibid eh for too long. Kasi hindi ginagalang ang mga guards doon… Hindi ginagalang kahit officials na matataas,” Aguirre said in a separate report by GMA News.
(“Drug lords have been controlling the Bilibid for too long. They don’t respect the guards… They don’t even respect the high officials”)
Aguirre also added that NBP chaplain Monsignor Roberto Olaguer was not among the religious workers being investigated.
In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against drugs, the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently launched its “Oplan Digmaang Droga.” The NBP is one of the penal facilities being supervised by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), an attached agency of the DOJ.
Bible studies and preaching sessions are inidefinitely postponed for now. Religious activities inside the prison facility are temporarily stopped.