Daring escape leads to NBP guards’ relief


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the relief of jail guards who were on duty on Saturday morning when the alleged leader of a notorious robbery group escaped from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

“[It is] very clear to me that serious lapses were committed by the guards on duty,” De Lima said in a text message Sunday.

According to her, the duty guards would be “subjected to administrative proceedings and determination of possible criminal culpability” in addition to an investigation to find out if direct supervisors and other officials were also at fault.

“With successive incidents at NBP, the whole BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) workforce needs retraining or reorientation if not [a] complete overhaul,” she said as she added: “If I have my way, I want everyone there replaced or sacked.”

De Lima, however, stressed, that she was aware “of the laws or rules on security of tenure and due process [we have] to contend with” although she pointed out that she has been working for some time now to “replace and/or augment existing personnel with more competent, dedicated and professional ones.”

Around 6 a.m. on Saturday, three men went to the NBP’s Reception and Diagnostic Center (RDC) where Ricky Cadavero was detained.

One of them introduced himself as the lawyer of the alleged Ozamis robbery gang leader while the others said they were there to visit him.

As the jail guards were leading Cadavero out to meet his visitors, the three men took out guns and fired at them. They later escaped with Cadavero on board two motorcycles.

Cadavero, who was arrested by the police in Cavite province in October, is believed to be the leader of the notorious robbery gang which was behind several heists in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Earlier, the National Capital Region Police Office tagged the group in at least 15 robberies, including those that took place at Robinsons Metro East,

Robinsons Galleria and Alabang Town Center.

According to De Lima, she has alerted the Philippine National Police while tracker/recovery teams have been deployed to track down the escaped prisoner.

She added that immediately after she learned of the escape, she conducted an inspection at the RDC and questioned the duty guards as well as the supervising officials.

The jailbreak was the latest controversy to hit the NBP barely a month after the justice secretary relieved NBP and BuCor officials led by NBP superintendent Ramon Reyes following the Nov. 16 grenade explosion at the maximum-security compound that left six prisoners injured.

De Lima said the incident was triggered by a rivalry between two gangs fighting over the protection of convicted drug lords detained at the facility.

Earlier, BuCor and NBP officials were also put on the spot following the abduction of high-profile convict Rolito Go and the escape of another inmate, Ramon Laciste, both in August.

Go returned to jail after his abductors, some of whom have since been arrested, released him.

Laciste, on the other hand, has also been returned to the NBP.

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  • $25214711

    Hindi man lang na tsek kung may baril yung mga pumasok. Kung hindi yun sinadya isang napakalaking katangahan yun

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Pera ang nagpalabas duon….. ang ipalit ni Sec. De Lima yong mga taong may parihas niya ang paninindigan at pananaw sa pagtatrabaho….hindi yong sino nalang na recomended o ibinulong. Kilatasin niya at makapasa sa written exam at interview niya. Kung nagkamali man ang guwardiya at pinuno dapat malaki ang pananagutan sa pamahalaan….. bakit…iyan ay nakakulong na ang kanilang binabantayan.

  • Mang_Ben

    Is there no metal detector at the RDC?

    Are visitors not subjected to inspection and/or frisking for contrabands?

    Is 6AM on a Saturday a regular visiting hour?

    How lucky could the guards be.  Three persons fired their guns and nobody was hit.

    Did the other guards hear the gunshots and give chase to the culprits?

  • alfred sanchez

    sigurado dala ni kunyaring attorney ang mga baril, kahit sa mga korte basta naka barong ka or naka amerikana ka hindi ka dadaan sa inspection kaya napakadali gawan ng kalokohan ang korte or kulungan natin

  • jga94

    “With successive incidents at NBP, the whole BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) workforce needs retraining or reorientation if not [a] complete overhaul,” she said as she added: “If I have my way, I want everyone there replaced or sacked.”
    De Lima, however, stressed, that she was aware “of the laws or rules on security of tenure and due process [we have] to contend with” although she pointed out that she has been working for some time now to “replace and/or augment existing personnel with more competent, dedicated and professional ones.”

    I agree…dapat may complete overhaul yang NBP…security ot tenure…di ba sila pwede sa ibang opisina….sa desk job kung wala pa silang kaso….masyado silang kampante sa pwesto nila kaya abusado or incompetent….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    Get a remote island. Build only one entry and exit point. Hey try to escape, they drown.

  • opinyonlangpo

    No camera, no metal detectors, sold out guards and corrupt administration. Its time to automate the prison and lessen the use of the human factor, the weakest link. Transferring the prison into a remote island might also be effective. I know of a prison in the Philippines wherein no prisoner wants to escape, the reason why is the “shoot to kill” part of it. It may not be humane but it works.

  • batangsulpok

    Kailangang tanggalin lahat ng security forces ng Bilibid, palitan ng iba at dapat huwag maglagay ng mga retired Generals dahil puro kurakot ang ginagawa nila.

  • $37644997

    The prisoner was bought with a price tag,and the guards were blinded by such an act,everything is possible when you come up with some cash and the consequences thereafter are ignored because of christmas.’tis the season to celebrate and have a merry way with the blood money they now have.

  • randyaltarejos

    This is kind of stupid thing that is happening inside the NBP. My question: How come the guards didn’t detect one of the guys was carrying a gun? Unbelievable!

  • Sandouk

    It’s noo…ky management at NBP…these are happening in all jail at cities and municipalities. It’s so disgusting management at NBP. Every month they are always on the news.

  • $14334231

    and i thought all visitors are searched  thoroughly before they are allowed to enter the premises….these supposedly lawyer and visitors came at 6 in the morning….what time is visiting hours there?….this is one fishy story that probably will just fade into the sunset….the small fries will be found guilty while the bigwigs remain scot free….such is life in this country…money talks….ALWAYS…..

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Have it your way de lima! matagal na ganyan ang kalakaran sa bilibid at dapat sa mga yan kinukulong din!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6YL5QEYCYGCJJCANH2AOT4ACA Edol

    What happen to the word “command responsibility”? Bakit mga guards lang ang dapat tanggalin? Ang nagpapalakad ng BOCOR ang kumikita dyan!

  • pulis

    Matagal ko ng sinssabi yan na isara na lang ang NBP at bala na lang ang gawing kulongan..Makakamura pa po ang goberyerno at magtitino lahat ang mga iyan pati ang mga kurakot na opesyal ng BUCOR…

  • tata_boy

    balasahin ang lahat ng tauhan ng NBP, ilipat sa Visayas and Mindanao, titino ang mga iyan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CXSAKSY3PCRQRSVZH4LOEO2RQ Marko

       Iba yun balasa ni FPJ pre, sunod sunod na suntok at pompiyang!

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    I wish they get Cadavero without the “o” 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RWPOD4ER5LJPDQU3N32NAC74X4 johnnie r

    As usual meron KUMITA dyan from top to bottom, dapat sila ang ipalit sa kulungan. Expect Cadavero to make up for long lost time while he was inside the Bilibid prisons!!!

  • Maldi2

    There is no such thing as “security of tenure” when talking about National Security.  De Lima can use her power to remove scalawags and all if the government wishes to.  You don’t terminate them, but, place them in a work station where payolas are non existent like in Palawan Penal colony.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

    Dapat sa mga yan ireassign every year para hindi magkadikitan ang mga nakakulong at ang mga dapat ikulong na mga guardya at mga opisyal ng bukor!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    No need for retraining.  Follow your intuition that Bucor needs complete overhaul of its workforce.
    Yes, you still follow security of tenure and due process.  Pending completion of investigation, let them be on floating status first, then reassignment maybe, or early retirement?  Meanwhile go get competent, dedicated and professional ones.
    Ang daling sabihin, mahirap kayang gawin?

  • Mux

    So… what else is new? :) ( sarcasm )
    It would be real news when I see the headline “Prisoners stay in jail.” or “Jailbreak effort thwarted by alert guards.”

  • Magsasaka

    relief lang?dapat isalvage din ang mga pukang nang yan

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