THE warden of the Metro Manila District Jail in Taguig City was relieved from his post on Friday after a raid on the facility yielded contrabands, a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) official said.
BJMP officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Deogracias Tapayan sacked Superintendent Gemelo Taol after suspected shabu hidden in jars of salt, drug paraphernalia, and deadly weapons were recovered during a greyhound operation, which started early Friday morning.
Other contrabands seized during the raid were 40 units of cellphones, 62 SIM cards, nine USB devices, 71 packs and 239 sticks of cigarettes, 409 sticks of tobacco wrapped in paper and cash amounting to P88,220.
Tapayan said the raid at the Metro Manila District Jail, which is situated at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, is part of the Oplan Linis Piitan, which is being implemented in 475 district, city and municipal jails, across the country together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
"We want to get rid of contrabands in jails especially cellular phones and illegal drugs and even personnel who are in cahoots with the inmates," he said.
"We will not stop hanggang maubos namin ang mga kontrabandong ito tutal ito naman talaga ang trabaho namin; pigilan naming makapasok ang mga kontrabandong ito at kung makapasok, paano namin papanagutin ang mga involved na personnel," he added.
[We will not stop until we finish all these contrabands since this was really our job; to stop the illegal contrabands from entering our facilities and to sanction the personnel involved in such irregularity.]
Tapayan said the BJMP is hiring additional 1,000 personnel to fill vacancies in their office.
"If they can't clean their facilities, they better quit from their post. If they cannot toe the line, I will welcome their resignation from the service," he said. (SunStar Philippines)