MANILA, Philippines – The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has deployed 110 additional people to reinforce security forces at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), taking into account the request by new Bureau of Crimes Officer (BuCor) Gerald Bantag.
"We want the Bantag chief to succeed," Interior Minister Eduardo Ano said in a statement issued on Thursday, October 10th.
The additional men would come from the Bureau of Prison and Penalty Management (BJMP).
Of the 110 members of the BJMP, 24 are officers of the Special Tactics and Response Team.
Undersecretary of the Interior Jonathan Malaya told INQUIRER.net that the additional men will support 195 men from the elite Special Forces (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), who are already working on the NBP. BJMP and PNP are under the control of DILG.
By alloying more security forces in the NBP, Alo supported the reforms Bantag implemented in BuCor, especially in the largest prison in the country where drug trafficking continues.
Ano said additional men would help Bantag implement reforms at BuCor and NBP "until he is convinced his organic staff can do the job properly and get rid of corrupt practices."
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Ano said the deployment comes after Bantag ordered the release of more than 300 prison guards over alleged irregularities during his NBP cleanup campaign.
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Ano said DILG will continue to assist Bantag "to ensure maximum security" while investigations are ongoing and regular prison officers "are in floating status."
Año also expressed his belief that the implementation of the law of good conduct at the time would be properly enforced under the supervision of Bantag, who is the former BJMP director of Mimarop and the prison manager in Parañaque and Manila before being referred to the helm of BuCor.
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