Hospital chief: 5,200 inmates die in Bilibid every year

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 3, 2019   •   1990

Inmates listen during a peace accord event to stop violence amongst gangs inside the New ‘Bilibid’ Prison’s maximum security compound in Muntinlupa city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 December 2018. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Around 5,200 inmates in New Bilibid Prison (NBP) die every year due to overcrowding, according to NBP Hospital Director Ernesto Tamayo on Thursday (October 3).

During the Senate hearing on the irregularity in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), Tamayo said that it constitutes 20% of the total population at the NBP.

He added that pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) is the most common health issue among inmates.

“Because of the overcrowding sir minsan, hindi natin ma-contain iyong PTB (Sometimes we cannot contain the PTB),” he said.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde, there are also other facilities under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) that are overcrowded.

“Dahil overcrowded ito since the war on drugs noon. Doon sa NCRPO talagang massive. Instead of 60 iyong dapat sa loob umaabot po ng 200 kaya marami po ang namamatay (It has been overcrowded since the launch of the war on drugs. The [crowd] is really massive at the NCRPO. Instead of around 60 inmates, it is accommodating 200 inmates, that is why a lot are dying),” according to Albayalde.

A Bilibid inmate, Godfrey Gamboa, has revealed in the Senate that some inmates have died due to eating spoiled food.

“Marami po, puro panis ang pagkain (Most of the food are already spoiled),” Gamboa said.

Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros recommended to the Senate Committee the revocation of NBP Medical Officer Dr. Ursicio Cenas’ license due to his alleged involvement in the ‘hospital pass for sale’ anomaly.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

BuCor chief relieves 2 officers over Bilibid prison break

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Two uniformed personnel assigned in the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) have been relieved from their posts following the prison break last January 17, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.

In a statement, the BuCor said bureau Director-General Gerald Bantag ordered the relief of Superintendent Arnold Guzman and CSinsp Israel Basi over the escape of four persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

“They were relieved of their position and are now under the Directorate for Administration while the investigation is still ongoing regarding the escape incident aforementioned,” the bureau said.

“The new acting NBP maximum security compound superintendent is CSupt. Roy Villasi and the new Commander of the Guards is CSInsp Reynaldo Tuguinay,” it added.

The BuCor earlier reported that four inmates bolted from the national penitentiary on Monday morning. Two of them were killed during the manhunt operations while two others remain at large.

The escapees were identified as Chris Ablas, who was convicted for robbery with homicide and sentenced to reclusion perpetua w/o parole; and Drakilou Falcon, who was convicted for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearms.

BuCor says 1 more PDL escaped from Bilibid

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Tuesday updated the number of inmates who escaped from the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Monday.

In a statement, the BuCor said the count of escapees was increased to four after one person deprived of liberty (PDL) was reported missing.

“Please be informed that one more PDL identified as PDL CHRIS Candas ABLAS N217P-4392 of Dorm 8C-2, was reported missing up to present with possibility as the 4th escapee who was involved in the prison escape incident yesterday on 17 Jan 2022,” the bureau said.

This means that there are two unaccounted PDL escapees who are still at large, namely, Ablas and Drakilou Falcon.

Ablas was convicted for robbery with homicide and sentenced to reclusion perpetua without parole; while Falcon was convicted for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearms.

The BuCor earlier offered a P100,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of Falcon.

The other two escapees, identified as Pacifico Adlawan and Arwin Bio, were killed during the manhunt operations after they allegedly resisted arresting authorities.

“Maximum Security Compound is still placed on lockdown status as of this time while recovery efforts are still on going,” BuCor said.

 

BuCor offers P100,000 reward for info on Bilibid escapee

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has offered a P100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of one of the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who escaped from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on Monday, January 17.

In an announcement posted on social media, the BuCor identified the PDL as Drakilou Falcon, 34, who was convicted for robbery with homicide.

The bureau said Falcon is still on the loose and search operations are still ongoing.

“BuCor will give P100,000 as a reward to anyone who can provide information on the location of PDL Drakilou Y Falcon who is still at large and considered armed & dangerous,” it said.

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The two other escapees, identified as Pacifico Adlawan and Arwin Bio, were killed on Monday when they allegedly resisted arrest during the manhunt operation conducted by the personnel of the BuCor and the Muntinlupa City Police.

“The safety of the public is of paramount concern and BuCor authorities will not stop until the last escapee is accounted for in order to ensure that the escapee will not be able to inflict harm again,” the BuCor said.

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