Authorities on Thursday reported that a Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer was stabbed by an inmate at the national penitentiary’s maximum security compound — an attack that came amid the Senate investigation on the alleged sale of good conduct credits in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) for the early release of convicts.
In a statement, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said that an inmate suffering from schizophrenia stabbed duty officer Edgardo Ferrer at 8:40 in the morning, adding that the victim sustained superficial stab wound on his lower abdominal and has been given commensurate medical care.
At least three BuCor officials have been killed since September 2018, with the Metro Manila police saying it was investigating the possible link between the fatal shooting of the victims and the release of hundreds of heinous crime convicts for good conduct.
During the Senate inquiry also on Thursday regarding the Good Conduct Time Allowances mess, Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Senator Richard Gordon also revealed that there have already been 12 murders of BuCor officers since 2011.
The DoJ, on the other hand, expressed alarm over the killings in the BuCor, saying that that there have been reports that inmates have become “agitated.”
“That’s why we have to put an end to all these issues,” Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco said.