Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Director General Nicanor Faeldon decided to cancel all the privileges of all the 45,000 inmates nationwide after the gang leaders broke their promise not to let any contrabands enter the seven penal colonies nationwide.
“Effective today, all privileges will be canceled,” Faeldon said.
In a press conference, Faeldon said that they already asked the leading inmates in Bilibid and also in the other penal colonies nationwide. However, they’re still discovering several restricted items being possessed by inmates.
“So ‘yung initially na 100 percent na usapang maginoo eh bumababa nang bumababa kasi hindi naman sila seryoso sa pagtulong na i-police because we asked them to police their ranks,” he said.
This is the first time that the Bureau of Corrections removed the privileges of the inmates, including playing basketball, receiving gifts, and visitation.
Some of the contrabands are being sneaked inside the penal colonies using inmates’ visitors.
According to BuCor Spokesperson Sonny Del Rosario, the order will be in effect until they see that the inmates started to cooperate with the authorities.
“Pag nakita natin na nagkaroon ng magandang development, yung talagang nakikipag-cooperate lahat ng inmates, nagkaroon talaga ng pagbabago,” he said.
Aside from NBP, Abuyog Penal Colony in Leyte, Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City, Iwahig and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Sablayan penal colony and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, San Ramon penal colony and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City and the Davao penal colony and Penal Farm are also gonna be affected by the order of Faeldon.
Faeldon decided to impose the shocking order after the cops confiscated P190-M worth of shabu during their operation.
The dealer who owned the shabu said that he’s getting his source from NBB maximum security inmate Rustico Ygot.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra supported the order of Faeldon.
“I believe that these measures are temporary in character, as the BuCor intensifies its campaign to rid our facilities of illegal activities,” Guevarra said.
A congressional probe 2 years ago found that NBP is becoming the source of shabu despite the inmates are being guarded.
Last year, Faeldon also made a surprising order to disband twelve gangs in Bilibid to unite all the inmates.
Instead of being a gang, Faeldon converted the twelve gangs into a Barangay.