PNP urges DOJ to probe VIP treatment of inmate

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday called the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the alleged VIP treatment of convicted drug personalities at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said during her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments (CA) that she has already ordered Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan to conduct a thorough investigation into the report.

The PNP's Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) recently conducted operation inside the NBP's maximum security complex and found out that some high-profile convicts were staying in an airconditioned room with own flat screen television and hot and cold shower.

"Merong convicted drug lord na nakuhanan pa natin sa loob ng bulto ng shabu at may gadgets din sila," AIDSOTF head of the legal investigation division Chief Inspector Roque Merdegia Jr.

Merdegia said among the detainees receiving VIP treatment was a Chinese drug lord who was caught using his laptop and cellphone possibly for his illegal transactions outside the NBP.

"Sa maximum security jammed 'yung signal but 'yung isang pinasok namin selda, siya lang ang drug lord na may signal," he said.

Merdegia earlier identified the leader of the Buratong drug group, the first group who operates shabu tiangge all over the country, Amin Imam Boratong as one of the detainees receiving VIP treatment inside the NBP.

Boratong can also leave his detention cell whenever he wanted to, said the AIDSOTF official.

"As per intelligence information, he (Boratong) is having his check-up in a well-know private hospital and nakakauwi pa siya minsan sa bahay nila," Merdegia added.

Since the arrest and conviction of Boratong in 2009, it was reported that members of the gang have stopped their drug peddling activities.

However, Merdegia said "there is a big possibility" that the group is still operating and Boratong remains its leader. (Sunnex)

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