Demolitions in Bilibid to displace 3,700 prisoners

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Around 3,700 prisoners in the New Bilibid Prison’s maximum security compound will be displaced as a result of the ongoing demolition of illegal structures inside the prison, a spokesperson for the national penitentiary says. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13) — Around 3,700 prisoners — or 20 percent of the total number of prisoners in the New Bilibid Prison’s maximum security compound — will be displaced as a result of the ongoing demolition of illegal structures inside the penitentiary.

NBP spokesperson Albert Tapiru said prisoners will be transferred to tents that will be provided by Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon, whose Justice and Blue Ribbon panels have been probing alleged anomalies at the NBP.

Tapiru said this will ease congestion at the national penitentiary if it pushes through.

Sakali man po ‘di dumating ‘yung mga tents, ipagkakasya po namin sila sa mga buildings na naiwan sa maximum security compound,” he said.

[Translation: In case the tents never arrive, we will fit them all in the buildings left inside the maximum security compound.]

Tapiru vowed that the NBP will “find a way” to provide them all with new spaces to live in.

Mayroon po kaming pondong isang bilyon na kailangan namin i-obligate ngayon. Ang isang bilyong pong iyon ay intended para sa pagpapatayo ng prison facilities,” he said.

[Translation: We have a ₱1-billion fund which we need to obligate. That fund is intended to build prison facilities.]

Authorities and some inmates themselves have begun demolishing illegal structures — also known as kubols — in the maximum security compound of the NBP, which have been seen as hotbeds of criminal activity inside the national penitentiary.

An explosion occurred at the NBP amid the demolitions. An improvised explosive device went off Friday morning on Quadrant 4, where convicted extremists are detained, including members of terrorist groups Abu Sayyaf, Maute, Rajah Solaiman, and Jemaah Islamiyah.

Prison officials say that the demolitions have cleared 80 percent of the illegal structures in the NBP.

CNN Philippines’ Correspondent Crissy Dimatulac contributed to this report.