The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today directed the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to conduct a fair and honest investigation on the recent gunfire incidents and grenade explosion inside the Paranaque City Jail which killed ten inmates on Thursday evening.
DILG Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno gave specific instructions to BJMP Officer-in-Charge J/CSupt Serafin Petronio Barretto Jr. to ensure that there will be no whitewash in the investigation and to file appropriate charges against erring jail personnel. It is evident that the Paranaque jail guards had been somehow lax in imposing prison rules and regulations because otherwise, there would be no contraband items in the jail," he said. He said that the BJMP National Capital Region, Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and the PNP Paranaque Homicide Section are conducting investigation of the unfortunate event.
"We already received the initial report from the BJMP National Headquarters. While we are deeply saddened by this event, what we want right now is for the BJMP to conduct an impartial investigation so we will know the root cause of the incident," Sueno stated.
In compliance, Barreto said that they will investigate the matter and file appropriate charges to those personnel who were found guilty of allowing the entry of contrabands (guns, explosive materials, deadly weapons) inside the jails.
To give way to an impartial investigation, BJMP Regional Director J/CSupt Michael Escarte Vidamo Sr. has ordered the relief of all second shift duty personnel including the warden and the duty Senior Officer of the Day. They were replaced by members of the Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team.
BJMP Initial Report
In the report submitted to DILG, it was revealed that prior to the incident, a group of inmates were brought to the Office of the Warden, J/Supt. Gerald Q. Bantang to seek an audience allegedly to air some of their grievances. Moments later, gunfires were heard followed by a loud explosion.
Source: Philippine Information Agency