Incoming DOJ chief says 75 percent of PH-wide drug deals done in Bilibid, vows “shock and awe” tactics

  • The incoming DOJ Secretary Aguirre confirmed incoming PNP chief’s claim about drugs in the NBP
  • He said 75 percent of nationwide drug transactions are done in the Bilibid
  • He vows to use “shock and awe” tactics to solve the problem once and for all

MANILA, Philippines – Incoming Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has confirmed incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa’s claim that 75 percent of nationwide drug deals were being done inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

In a press conference on Thursday, June 9, Aguirre said some of the drugs even came all the way from mainland China.

“Some of the illegal drugs were from mainland China,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

Despite the regular raids being conducted by law enforcement agencies inside the prison, Aguirre said it was necessary “shock and awe” tactics to finally stop the proliferation of illegal drugs.

This would include not only neutralizing the drug lords who are still continuing their operations inside the prison, but also ridding corrupt officials in the NBP and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

“They have been raiding the Bureau of Corrections once a week, but every time that they raided it, meron pa ring mga [there is still a lot of] contraband,” he said. “Ang ibig sabihin niyan [That means], ‘yung mga [the] insiders, ‘yung mga mismong [the very] employees ng [of] Bureau of Corrections are the ones involved.”

The DOJ exercises authority over the BuCor; the main agency tasked to supervise the NBP and six other penal farms across the country.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has, on several occasions, lambasted the outgoing administration, particularly Aguirre’s predecessor former DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima for failing to curb the illegal drug trade inside the country’s national penitentiary.