- Justice Secretary Aguirre said at least two former high-ranking DOJ officials were in the payroll of high-profile NBP inmates
- He refused to name the officials, but says they served the previous administration
- DOJ will be creating a fact-finding committee to verify the allegations
Justice Secretary Vitiliano Aguirre II made allegations that at least two high-ranking officials in the Department of Justice (DOJ) from the previous administration and New Bilibid Prison (NBP) officers received bribes from some high-profile inmates in exchange of preferential treatment, such as the continuation of their drug operations while in detention.
“Nakita naman ninyo lahat kung gaano kaluwag ang treatment natin sa high profile inmates. Parang sila ang bida dun, sila talaga ang nagmamando kung ano ang nangyayari dun,” Aguirre said at a news briefing on Friday, July 29.
[You’ve seen how lenient they have been with the high profile inmates. It seems like they are the bosses there, they are the ones directing the affairs. ]
Aguirre kept the identity of the DOJ officials anonymous, but shared that they served the previous administration.
“I do not want to name names [because] that would be unfair to them. But we are going to come out with the results of the ongoing investigation,” Aguirre said.
He added: “I’ll be creating a fact-finding committee. Kung kinakailangan [if necessary] this would assist the other investigating bodies. I believe that the police, the NBI are already conducting their own investigation”
Aguirre also said that the officials manipulated the prison’s budget on top of the bribes they were receiving. Citing as example the daily meal allowance for the 24,000 NBP prisoners which was brought down to P40 from the previous budget of P50, the P240,000 “savings” per day were pocketed by the officials, as per an article published by Inquirer.