The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) seized more than 400 hidden bladed and blunt weapons in two buildings at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) days after deadly violence erupted between two gangs.
BuCor director general Gerald Bantag led his men and police forces as they searched Buildings 5 and 8 on Monday afternoon, following “persistent intelligence reports” that bladed items were being stored there for use as weapons by “violent members” of the Sputnik and Commando gangs, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday revealed he has directed the BuCor leadership to conduct a deeper probe into last Friday’s riot that resulted in the death of nine inmates and injuries to others.
The Justice chief said the BuCor gave him a partial report the other day, but he told them to conduct a deeper probe into the matter.
“BuCor gave me a partial report yesterday, but I told them to investigate more thoroughly,” Guevarra said in response to a query about the incident.
Likewise, he said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has started its investigation on the matter.
“The NBI started its investigation yesterday. I’ll wait for the reports of BuCor chief Bantag and of the NBI before taking appropriate action,” he explained.
At the NBP, authorities confiscated various objects, like saws, hammers, crowbars and wooden rods, that were hidden in the cells and temporary shelters of inmates, while some were buried in the grounds.
“This search operation is a strong message delivered to these two groups creating violations and distraction inside the prison camp that such criminal behavior and activities need to be stopped at all cost,” the BuCor said.
The bureau added Bantag talked to the gang leaders who assured the corrections chief the brawl will not happen again.
The BuCor, which runs seven penal institutions in various parts of the country, is an attached agency of the Department of Justice.