THE Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) is looking into three versions of the stabbing incident in the New Bilibid Prison's building 14 that resulted in the death of one Chinese crime lord and injury to four others.
Bucor spokesperson Sonny del Rosario in a press conference Wednesday said initial investigation has revealed the there are three different versions of the riot in Bilibid, which involved four high profile inmates namely Tony Co, Peter Co, Vicente Sy and Jaybee Sebastian.
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The first version, according to him, was from inmate Clarence Donggail who claimed in his testimony that he went to the cell of inmate Tony Co, where inmate Peter and Sy were staying, to call their attention as they were reportedly having pot session.
"Itong si inmate Donggail went to the three at pinagsabihan nya 'wag naman ganyan madadamay tayo lahat lalo na pag nalaman ng SAF [Special Action Force] 'yan e.' Tapos umalis na siya sa isang area, pinuntahan siya ni Tony Co. Tony Co hit him, tinamaan siya sa hita, tapos nagrumble na," del Rosario said.
After the incident, Tony, Peter, Sy and Sebastian were rushed to the Muntinlupa hospital but Donggail remained in the NBP as his injury, said del Rosario, was not fatal.
But this version of inmate Donggail was contradicted by another testimony made by inmate Peter Co.
According to NBP prison guard Dennis Alfonso, Peter Co told him that after breakfast, Donggail called him to go to the mess hall as the latter wanted to talk. But Co refused to go without Sy.
"Pagkatapos niya (Peter) mag-almusal. Tinawag siya, gusto daw sya makausap ni Clarence at pumunta siya sa mess hall. Sabi niya ayaw niya pumunta mag-isa. Gusto niya kasama si Vicente. Pumunta sila (sa mess hall) tapos dumiretso sa kubol," Alfonso said.
According to Alfonso, Peter Co claimed that Donggail stabbed him, Tony Co and Sy.
Sebastian, on the other hand, told Alfonso that he was stabbed by Tomas Domiña after Donggail, Peter Co and Sy left the mess hall to go to the cell of Tony Co.
"Sinabi niya (Jaybee) na ang sumaksak sa kaniya ay si Tomas Domiña, bago ang pagkakasaksak ay kausap nya si Donggail sa mess hall...Bago ang pananaksak ni Domiña, dumating si Peter Co at Sy (sa mess hall) at dumeretso sa kubol ni Tony Co," Alfonso said.
According to Justice Undersecretary Reynaldo Orceo, the statement of Sebastian and Peter are corroborating.
"Nagco-corroborate ang testimony ni Peter Co and Sebastian...Halos parehas, ang naiba lang talaga ang version ni Clarence," he said.
According to the investigators, there are no signs yet that can link the incident to illegal drugs, contrary to the testimony of Donggail that the three inmates were seen having pot session.
"Wala po kaming nakuhang bagay na maguugnay sa droga," Alfonso said.
DOJ said it is considering conducting a drug test in all the inmates inside building 14, which houses high-profile inmates.
The Philippine National Police - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) are leading the investigation on the riot. (Sunnex)