- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre bared the plot to kill him for P50-M
- He claimed the contract was offered by Bilibid’s high-profile drug lords to a fellow inmate
- He further claimed the source of his information is very reliable
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has revealed that there is a plot to kill him for a contract worth P50-M which was supposedly hatched inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
Aguirre claimed high-profile drug lords detained at Bilibid’s Building 14 have contracted a fellow inmate to assassinate him. The would-be killer would also come from the same building, home to notorious convicted drug lords Herbert Colangco and Peter Co.
The Justice Secretary made the revelation on Wednesday, July 20, during his visit at the NBP to supervise and personally witness the deployment of 100 Special Action Force (SAF) members inside the country’s maximum security prison facility.
While Aguirre did not name the plotters, he confirmed to GMA News that the source of his information is “A1” or very reliable.
After assuming office, Aguirre vowed to implement reform in the country’s corruption-plagued penal system, especially inside the NBP where “about 75% of drug transactions are cooked”, mostly by Chinese drug lords.
He plans to eliminate drug trading inside the prison and ‘overhaul’ the entire Bilibid administration starting from the top officials down to the jail guards.
Last month, then incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa disclosed that a convicted drug lord in Bilibid had initially raised P10-M to kill him and President Rodrigo Duterte.
After the contract failed to lure any takers, the bounty was supposedly raised to P50-M.
“There are a lot of them inside the NBP. They are enjoying the protection inside. They are safe because they are being guarded by the prison guards so how can the police arrest them,” Dela Rosa earlier said.