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BuCor exec: Inmates pay prison guards P500 for favors

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 06:46 PM September 19, 2019

Inside Building 14 that houses high risk inmates of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by Tetch Torres-Tupas/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines— Inmates are paying P500 to avoid being investigated or visited by prison guards at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), an official disclosed on Thursday.

During the hearing of the Senate committee on justice, its chairman, Senator Richard Gordon asked about the alleged anomalies inside the NBP.

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One of these allegations, he said, was that inmates are supposedly financing the schooling of prison guards.

But BuCor legal chief Fredric Anthony Santos denied the claim.

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“Hindi naman po sir,” Santos said.

“Meron po doon mga siguro nagbibigay ng halimbawa P500 para lang hindi mo sila puntahan, para hindi mo sila maimbestigahan, para hindi sila abalahin. Meron pong ganoon,” he added.

Gordon’s next question was directed to Santos.

“I don’t mean any disrespect pero I’ve heard grumaduate ka dahil may nagpaaral sayo?” the senator asked to which Santos quickly denied.

Gordon went on and cited another rumor about inmates sending some people to school in exchange for favors.

He also asked about the so-called “Innova Gang” or prison guards, who were able to buy their own Toyota Innova cars through the help of inmates.

Santos confirmed hearing about it too but said it was already investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman.

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