- Senator Leila De Lima has opposed the government’s plan to move inmates out of Bilibid
- The former Justice secretary said that experience would prove the plan would only give more freedom to inmates
- De Lima’s statement came after current Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre bared plan to move some of Bilibid’s top drug personalities to a prison island
Senator Leila De Lima has opposed the current administration’s plan to move top drug lords out of the National Bilibid Prison (NPB) in Muntinlupa City.
De Lima, a former secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) who has administrative control of the NBP under its agency, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), said that experience would prove the plan would only give more freedom to inmates.
The neophyte senator revealed in an interview over dzBB that former BuCor Director Ernesto Diokno had then pushed for the same bid to transfer high-profile inmates in the provinces, but the result was counter-productive.
“Na-diskubre later na mas libre sila (inmates) doon. Hindi na-serve ang purpose kasi since mas konti ang ‘na-corrupt’ nila doon na mga tao, mas namayagpag sila, labas-pasok sila. So ibinalik sila ulit,” GMA News has quoted De Lima as saying.
[It was discovered later that inmates became more free there. It does not serve the purpose since they managed to corrupt only a handful of people there, they prevailed and gained more freedom. That’s why they were taken back to NBP.]
Earlier, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre bared the government’s plan to move some of Bilibid’s top drug personalities to a prison island where they will be isolated and prevented from further operating drug trafficking operations.
Aguirre also revealed that 75 percent of the drug operations in the country are being conducted and transacted inside the National Bilibid Prison.
“In the long run, we are also contemplating even transferring them to Caballo island or to an island in Palawan, where there are no cellphone signals,” referring to inmates Wu Tuan alias Peter Co and Herbert Colangco alias Ampang whose names were revealed by President Rodrigo Duterte as among the country’s top three drug lords.
De Lima, who vowed to investigate the recent spate of killings of drug suspects, did not specifically say, however, whether she will officially oppose the move of the Duterte administration by filing a bill in the Senate.
Duterte and De Lima have been at loggerheads over issues of alleged human rights violations purportedly committed by Duterte during his term as mayor of Davao City.
Just recently, Duterte told the feisty lady senator to shut up or he will be prompted to investigate her for not acting immediately on reports of the existence of shabu laboratories inside the Bilibid during her term as DOJ chief.