Ampatuans brought to Bilibid after conviction in massacre case

Robie de Guzman   •   December 19, 2019   •   1163

An accused member of the Ampatuan family gestures to his relatives after the promulgation of the Maguindanao massacre at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, Philippines, 19 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Ampatuan clan who were convicted of murder and sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole on Thursday over the 2009 massacre have been transferred to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Brothers Andal Ampatuan Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan and others found guilty of 57 counts of murder were immediately boarded in a convoy of vehicles that made its way to NBP’s Maximum Security Compound.

A helicopter from the Philippine National Police hovered above the convoy until it arrived at the NBP at around 2:15 p.m.

Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag said they have already prepared for the commitment of the Ampatuans into the Maximum Security Compound where they will be detained along with other ordinary prisoners.

“Okay naman, mga ilang araw din kaming nag-prepare. May coordination tayo sa DILG, AFP pati sa local authorities. At yung usual procedure din naman ng mga persons deprived of liberty na bagong commit, yun din ang gagawin,” he said.

He also assured that there will be no special treatment for the Ampatuans inside the national penitentiary.

Normal operations in the NBP, including visitation privileges, will resume on Friday after it was suspended as part of the security measures implemented in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City and nearby facilities for the promulgation of the Ampatuan massacre case. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

New Bilibid Prison riot death toll climbs to 4

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The number of inmates who perished in a riot that erupted Monday at the New Bilibid Prison’s maximum security compound has climbed to four, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.

BuCor spokesperson Gabriel Chaklag said 20 other persons deprived of liberty (PDL) injured in the brawl are still undergoing medical treatment.

The bureau initially confirmed three fatalities and 64 wounded inmates in the incidence of violence that broke out Monday morning between the Sigue-Sigue Sputnik and Commando gangs.

The incident occurred exactly one month after a riot erupted inside the NBP maximum security compound that left nine inmates dead and several others injured.

Chaklag said inmates are currently not allowed to leave their cells as part of the disciplinary action imposed by the bureau following the incident.

“Binigyan natin sila ng pagkakataon dati, ano. Although mga kriminal yun, tinrato natin sila bilang tao at napakalaking bagay yun. Pinakinggan sila ng Chief for humanitarian reason, pagkakataon na ipagkasundo nila yung mga nag-aaway-away na miyembro pero ganun pa rin ang nangyari despite that,” he said.

“So medyo drastic ang actions natin ngayon, yung mga disciplinary action ang ibig nating sabihn,” he added.

Chaklag assured that the situation is now under control and that the NBP is back to normal operations. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Mac Cordova)

DOJ orders probe into latest Bilibid riot

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said he has ordered an investigation into the latest riot incident that erupted between gangs within the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) maximum security compound.

In a message to reporters, Guevarra said he already directed the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a separate probe or expand its ongoing investigation into the previous violence.

He also ordered the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to submit a detailed report on the incident as soon as possible.

The latest incidence of violence transpired in the NBP compound on Monday morning.

Three inmates were confirmed dead while 64 others were injured in the brawl that erupted at 8:39 a.m.

Based on the initial investigation, the BuCor said the incident was between members of Sigue-Sigue Sputnik and Sigue-Sigue Commando gangs.

The riot was contained around 10 a.m., the BuCor said, adding that its personnel is in the process of clearing the area.

The incident occurred exactly one month after a riot between members of the rival Sputnik and Commando gangs erupted inside the NBP maximum security compound that left nine inmates dead and several others injured.

Guevarra said part of the investigation would be looking into the possible negligence of BuCor officials.

“These BuCor officials should have learned their lesson from the previous violent incident where several PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) were killed,” he said.

Tensions still high at New Bilibid Prison after gang riot – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tensions remain high between prison gang members at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) following Friday’s riot that left at least several inmates dead, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

In a statement, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the situation at the NBP is still tense but the violence has been contained with the help of the police and prison authorities.

“There were intelligence reports that one group was amassing to strike back at the rival group,” Guevarra said in a message to reporters.

At least nine inmates who are members of the rival Sputnik ang Commando Gangs were killed in a brawl that broke out before dawn Friday in one quadrant of NBP’s maximum security compound.

Guevarra said he has yet to get an update from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on the situation.

BuCor director general Gerald Bantag earlier said an investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.

The National Bureau of Investigation was also directed to conduct a separate investigation and file charges against anyone involved in the riot. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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