Sueno to BJMP: Deploy additional personnel in Manila City Jail following jail disturbance

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael 'Mike' D. Sueno directed the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to deploy additional jail personnel in the Manila City Jail following the commotion and noise barrage by inmates facing illegal drug activities this morning.

In his directive to BJMP Director Chief Supt. Serafin D. Barreto, Jr., Sueno also told him to ensure that a follow up prison inspection will be conducted inside the Manila City Jail.

"We have to show them [inmates] that we will not relent in our efforts to rid the country of illegal drugs, including in jail facilities. We do not tolerance such actions because there is a corresponding penalty if they will not abide by the rules," he said.

Inmates at the Manila City jail made a commotion or noise barrage at the prison compound yesterday, to protest the segregation of inmates with drug related cases, disbandment of gangs and dismantling of kubols or makeshift houses inside.

Based on the report from Barreto and Manila City Jail Warden Supt. Gerald Bantag, the Batang City Jail members instigated the noise barrage to protest the segregation of inmates with drug-related cases.

According to the report, only the Batang City Jail inmates protested the jail segregation and disbandment of gangs. Other gangs like Sigue-Sigue Sputnik, Commando and other gangs followed the disbandment orders.

Barreto said the segregation of inmates with drug cases, dismantling of kubols and disbandment of gangs are part of OPLAN RODY.

Under "OPLAN RODY", the BJMP will rid all jails of scalawags, illegal drugs, contrabands. Members of different gangs or organization like Batang City Jail, Sigue-sigue Sputnik, Commando group or any other gangs will be disbanded.

"The reason for the disbanding is , meron member ang gang nila na mga drug lords, ito ay kanilang pinoprotektahan, kung kaya't dapat idisband na yan mga pangkat or gangs sa mga piitan," Barreto added.

Bantag said a few inmates were hurt, while others got slight injuries when they jumped from the rooftop as the jail guards approached them.

The total jail population of Manila City Jail is 3,900, wherein 2085 have drug-related cases.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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