JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II revealed Monday that the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) remains a primary concern of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
He admitted that the DOJ failed to eliminate the illegal drug problem, but noted the huge decrease in the number.
Last year, Aguirre had said that at least 70 percent of the illegal drugs sold across the country were transacted at the prison.
Aguirre suspects that the continued drug trading in the NBP was due to the involvement of some of the Special Action Force (SAF) troopers.
"Yes. I have to admit that. Because of familiarity. They stayed there for more than six months, masyadong matagal. Ang aming plano is only about three months to avoid familiarity," Aguirre said.
Aguirre said the DOJ will replace the elite personnel of the SAF troopers stationed at the NBP with another batch from the same unit.
The DOJ has replaced the jail guards in the NBP in July last year in a bid to curb the illegal drug trading in the country's penitentiary.
"We will be changing the SAF contingent there to another SAF contingent," Aguirre said.
The SAF troopers will also be investigated, said Aguirre. (SunStar Philippines)