MANILA (Updated) -- A high-profile inmate was killed, while three others, including Jaybee Sebastian and Peter Co, were wounded in a stabbing incident in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City Wednesday morning.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Erickson Balmes identified the fatality as Tony Co, a convicted drug lord, while the three injured were Vicente Sy, Peter Co, and Sebastian.
Sebastian, Peter Co, and Tony Co were brought to Muntinlupa Medical Center, while Sy was rushed to the NBP hospital after the incident.
DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the stabbing incident happened around 7:30 a.m. inside the Building 14 of the national penitentiary and involved Sebastian, Tony Co, Peter Co, and Sy.
Aguirre said inmate Sy and Peter Co are in critical condition, while Sebastian is now in a stable condition.
Balmes said the Bureau of Corrections will give updates on the incident within an hour.
The Building 14 is a highly secured facility, which is separate from the Maximum Security Compound.
Sebastian and Peter Co were both named in the drug matrix presented by President Rodrigo Duterte as among convicts inside the Maximum Security Compound of the NBP who still manage to continue illegal drug operations despite incarceration.
The President earlier linked Senator Leila de Lima to these illegal activities inside the NBP, stressing the latter allowed these during her term as DOJ chief. (PNA/Sunnex)