Tulfo wants a thorough inquiry on BuCor personnel, workplaces to stop the entry of contraband

Tulfo wants a thorough inquiry on BuCor personnel, workplaces to stop the entry of contraband

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo demanded Wednesday for a thorough inquiry of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) employees and their workplaces to see how illicit goods were handled.

According to Tulfo, the constant smuggling of contraband into the New Bilibid Prison is one of the main causes of several crimes involving convicts (NBP).

Tulfo made the testimony after learning from the sister of NBP prisoner Jun Villamor, the dead middleman in the murder of broadcaster Percy Lapid, that her brother had used a mobile device when he was incarcerated.

By preventing the entry of contraband items, especially cellphones which are used to communicate with the outside world, he said, killings and other crimes could be prevented.

“Maliban sa pagsasagawa ng regular search sa mga kubol ng inmates, dapat ay gumagawa din ng regular search sa mga opisina ng kawani ng BuCor dahil hindi naman maipapasok ang mga kotrabadando sa loob ng Bilibid, katulad ng cellphones at droga, kung walang sabwatan ang mga kawani at inmates nito,” he said.

“Dapat ding magsagawa ng lifestyle check sa mga kawani ng ahensya para matigil ang malawakang korapsyon sa loob ng bilangguan. Ang iba kasi diyan, motor ang minamaneho pero all of a sudden, makikita mo na magandang kotse na ang gamit; o di kaya ay dati nangungupahan lang ngunit di magtatagal ay nakatira na sa isang magandang condo unit,” he added. (ai/mtvn)

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