By Rjhay E Laurea
MANILA – Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday called on the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to institute reforms in penal institutions to prevent the proliferation of deadly weapons and drugs in Quezon City Jails.
Belmonte’s appeal came after a prison riot recently occurred in the QCJ Compound in Brgy. Kamuning.
The initial report claimed the riot was staged by members of the dreaded Batang City Jail after QC Male Dormitory Warden JSupt. Michelle Bonto botched the illegal drug trade inside the jail.
Bonto said BJMP personnel discovered contrabands such as bladed weapons, cash, and drugs as they smash walls and floor excavation.
“Isa sa mga ginagampanan ng mga jail institution ay ang pagbibigay ng pangalawang pagkakataon sa mga mamamayan na magbago at makabangon mula sa kanilang pagkakasala. Pero, paano natin mababago ang buhay ng mga PDL kung habang nasa loob ng piitan ay nalululong sila sa ilegal na droga at nadadamay sa mga kaguluhan (One of the function of our jail institution is to give second chances to our citizens to reform and rise again from their mistakes. But how can we change the lives of PDLs if while they are in jail they are addicted to illegal drugs and affected by chaotic incidents),” Mayor Belmonte said.
“That’s why I call on our DILG, the current and upcoming SILG, to press for prison reforms. They can counter wrongdoings inside the institution if we address the PDL’s needs, implement a stricter and humane prison policy, and more importantly, capacitate our police and BJMP personnel and make them less tempted to accept bribes in exchange for the unhampered entry of weapons and drugs,” the Mayor added.
Since the incident took place, the QC Male Dormitory-Intelligence Unit has started Operation Greyhound to confiscate all smuggled and illegal devices and drugs hidden in cells.
“Operation Greyhound, which started on Monday, has confiscated guns and ammunition, marijuana, improvised bladed weapons, ice picks, Indian arrows made out of concrete nails, and even lighters, screwdrivers, and cellphones. Tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang operasyon natin para matigil na ang ilegal na gawain sa loob ng city jail (Operation Greyhound, which started on Monday, has confiscated guns and ammunition, marijuana, improvised bladed weapons, ice picks, Indian arrows made out of concrete nails, and even lighters, screwdrivers, and cellphones. It is a continuous operation to stop illegal activities inside the city jail),” Bonto explained.
The ongoing operation yielded the biggest number of deadly weapons and a stash of illegal drugs found in the QCJ Male Dormitory.
Mayor Belmonte has also commended Bonto for their successful operation.
“I salute Jail Warden Bonto for the success of the operation, which stops the proliferation of drugs and contrabands inside the prison. Natutuwa ako na kaisa kayo ng lungsod patungo sa iisang layunin – ang matuldukan ang ilegal na droga at maling gawain sa QC (I salute Jail Warden Bonto for the success of the operation, which stops the proliferation of drugs and contrabands inside the prison. I’m happy that you are cooperating with the City to achieve one goal – to end illegal drugs and other unscrupulous activities in QC),” she said.
Inside the Quezon City Jail (Poto courtesy by CNN Ph)