MANILA — Illegal drug transactions and luxury dwellings no longer exist inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
This has been the assurance of Bureau of Corrections Director General Benjamin Delos Santos in his 100th day as the agency’s chief.
“Drug free in the sense that there is no more trafficking coming from the bureau outside,” he said.
Despite this, the BUCOR official said congestion in the New Bilibid Prison remains a problem.
Atty. Delos Santos said the population of inmates in the New Bilibid Prison is about 24,000. This is three times higher than its set capacity.
He added that they will need the proposed additional P18 billion budget for the construction of additional facilities inside the NBP, and for additional compensation for its employees.
“Infrastructure, facility, salary. These are the priorities. We will ask for supplemental budget for these, in case,” Atty. Santos said.
The BUCOR chief has also created a task force that would focus on cases of inmates who have remained in prison for far too long due to lack of clear records.
“Yung mga nakaraang practice na namamatay na lang yung PDL (Person Deprived of Liberty) eh hindi pa rin nakakalaya dahil may problema sa records, pamali-mali ang computations, unang una kong ginawa, nagcreate ako ng task force, binuhusan ko sila ng tao,” Atty. Delos Santos added.
( Past practices have witnessed PDLs (Persons Deprived of Liberty) dying in prison without ever being released because there was a problem with their records, computations were wrong. What I did was, I created a task force and put people there.)
Since December the number of inmates who have been released has already reached 1,869. These include those given parole, pardon, and acquitted from their cases. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
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