- SAF troopers will be assigned to secure the Bilibid prison
- All the NBP jail guards will undergo re-training and re-education
- Incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre admitted 75% of drug trade in the country is controlled by drug kingpins detained at the NBP
At least one thousand Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) troopers will be assigned to secure the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said.
The SAF troopers, an elite unit of the PNP, will temporarily take over the posts of NBP jail guards and will undergo months of re-training and re-education.
Aguirre said he had already coordinated with the incoming PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa regarding the assignment of SAF troopers to the national penitentiary.
Illegal drug trade, which is being operated by convicted drug kingpins serving their sentences, is well-entrenched inside the 9-hectare prison facility.
Numerous raids called Oplan Galugad were conducted to stop the irregularities inside the NBP, but the problem still persists. It is believed the jail guards are in cahoots with the drug lords who were accorded special treatments as evidenced by their “shelters” that could pass as five-star hotel rooms complete with air-conditioning units, Jacuzzis and wi-fi internet connection.
“All the jail guards, employees (image) are tainted, so if there is no evidence to file criminal cases against them, there should at least be a re-education, re-training,” Aguirre said.
It was mentioned in a Philstar article dated June 12, 2016 that the incoming Justice Secretary admitted 75 percent of drug trade in the country is controlled by drug lords detained at the NBP. He said it is highly likely that the drug kingpins will try to bribe the SAF troopers with large sums of money to turn a blind eye on their illicit trade.
To avoid that from happening, Aguirre said he is planning to rotate the SAF men and might even seek the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.