- High-risk inmates from NBP will be transferred to Caballo Island in Cavite
- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguire said inmates from NBP’s infamous Building 14 and Maximum Security Compound will be transferred to the island
- Incoming BuCor Chief retired Marine Major General Alexander Balutan and other prison officials already conducted an ocular inspection of the island
Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said high-risk inmates in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City will be transferred to the Caballo Island in Cavite.
Caballo Island is a kilometer-long island located at the entrance of Manila Bay near Corregidor Island. It used to house Fort Hughes used by Americans during the Second World War, but is now occupied by the Philippine Navy. The island is two hours away from Cavite City and can only be reached by helicopters or ships.
The plan to transfer the high-profile inmates was bared by Secretary Aguirre on Tuesday, August 2.
As mentioned in an Inquirer article, Aguirre was asked if the inmates to be transferred to Caballo Island would be coming from the Maximum Security Compound. The Justice Secretary reportedly replied “Yes, from Building 14 and Maximum.”
The infamous Building 14 in NBP houses notorious drug lords and leaders of crime syndicates, while the Maximum Security Compound is where inmates with prison sentences of 20 years up to 40 years are being held.
The certainty of the high-risk inmates’ transfer to Caballo Island is very high as incoming Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) head retired Marine Major General Alexander Balutan and some prison officials have already conducted an ocular inspection over the island.
“We will just repair some facilities to suit our needs with minimum expenses. This is in line with our aim to decongest NBP,” Aguirre said.
Members of the elite Philippine National Police Special Action Force and support BuCor personnel will man the part of the island that will be used as a prison facility.