Updated 19:56 PM PHT Mon, December 12, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Hundreds of policemen raided eight jails inside Metro Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City early Monday morning and found an assortment of contraband.
Since stricter security measures were imposed at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), the Metro Manila police said illegal drug transactions might have been moved to other jails — and they were not wrong.
Every cell, every corner of the eight detention facilities was thoroughly searched — yielding suspected illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, mobile phones, television sets, and thousands of pesos.
"We have received persistent reports na may mga transaction dito at may nakakapasok na illegal drugs dito particularly shabu [illegal drugs are finding their way in here]," National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Oscar Albayalde said.
De Lima's name mentioned in a letter
A letter of a German detainee was also found — in which Sen. Leila De Lima's name was mentioned.
The German detainee, however, denied that he saw De Lima.
Asked by the police why the Senator's name is in the letter, the German detainee said: "Alfred Lehnert say Leila De Lima have visit the jail. Not by me… This is mostly about money for my attorney."
'Lack of personnel'
Log books of suspected drug transactions were also recovered.
Authorities also showed text messages of possible payment for drug operations.
Despite this, the jail warden denied the proliferation of illegal drugs in the facility - but blamed the lack of personnel to guard against the entry of contraband.
"Wala pong drug proliferation diyan [There is no drug proliferation here] and we are weekly conducting greyhound operation," Metro Manila District Jail warden Supt. Mark Brian Derain said. "Because of the limited personnel we have. Meron pa rin nakaka-sneak kahit papaano. [There are still a few that are being sneaked in.]"
Eighty percent of the detainees at the Metro Manila District Jail are drug suspects.