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Senate to hasten proposed separate jail for heinous crime convicts

Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and Francis Tolentino (PRIB photo by Alex Nueva España/07 August 2019)

The Senate will hasten the passing of the proposed construction of a separate jail for heinous crime convicts.

According to Senate Majority leader Miguel Zubiri, they plan to ratify the bill before September ends.

Zubiri said that they need to rush the passing of the bill in order to put a stop on these convicts in committing further crimes while serving their terms inside the penitentiary.

The proposed construction of a separate jail will also help in eliminating corruption inside the Bureau of Corrections.

Under the said bill, a “super maximum security facility” will be built in an island or isolated area where no one lives, far from residential area, and no telephone, cellphone and internet signal.

Meanwhile, aside from the continuous illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison and the alleged Good Conduct Time Allowance-selling, there have been reports that some drug lords are benefiting from the ‘hospital pass’ because, apparently, it is also on sale inside the NBP hospital.

During a recent Senate hearing, it has been revealed that some drug lords pretend to be sick so that they will be admitted to the NBP hospital, in exchange of Php20 thousand to Php2 million.

According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the Senate will have to subpoena the records of the hospital including its doctors, in order to identify who is always being admitted, how long are they being confined, and if they are really sick in the first place.

Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa, who was assigned as BuCor chief before running for Senator, confirmed that a certain Amin Burato benefited from the so-called board and lodging inside the NBP hospital.

Burato was arrested in a Pasig shabu tiangge.

Dela Rosa in a television interview said that he was made aware that some inmates were abusing the hospital pass privilege and was using it for their illegal drug trade.  This prompted him to transfer some of these inmates from the hospital wing to a different building inside Oblo.

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