A TWO-HOUR inspection conducted yesterday inside the cells of Metro Bacolod District Jail with Special Intensive Care Unit (MBDJ-SICA) yielded various contraband items seized from the possessions of the inmates.

The Operation Greyhound was initiated by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Western Visayas Regional Investigation and Prosecution Division (RIPD) after two inmates were stabbed by their fellow inmates earlier this week.

Fifty-nine personnel from 16 BJMP units led by jail provincial administrator Superintendent Amelito Fuentes conducted the operation.

They seized items such as lighters, wires, blades, scissors, hangers, mugs, nail cutters, assorted nails, bamboo sticks, hand grip, whistle, buckle, screw, mirror, whistle, playing cards, improvised hammer, ballpen, steels, and belt.

Senior Inspector Jimmy Britanico, chief of the RIPD, said it is alarming that these contrabands were found inside the jail because these can be used by the inmates to inflict injuries among themselves.

The RIPD investigators recommended that the jail strictly implement Operation Greyhound and intensify security measures within its vicinity.

“Frequent conduct of operation will deter prisoners from hiding prohibited items inside the jail,” Britanico said.

He added that those found possessing contrabands may face suspension of visitation privileges up to three months depending on the discretion of the disciplinary board.

Chief Insp. Larry Fuentes, MBDJ-SICA jail warden, said they will investigate how these contrabands were brought inside the jail, adding that they will carry out the recommendations of the RIPD.

Meanwhile, the RIPD said the stabbing incidents involving inmates of MBDJ-SICA are “isolated cases.”

They pointed out that what had transpired were just because of personal reasons, and not linked to problems in the management of the jail.

Last June 1, Ricardo Ewayan, a robbery with homicide suspect, was stabbed by his cellmate Donde Abellar using a sharpened spoon handle hours after he was committed to the jail facility.

Three days after, inmate Roberto Ramos, 42, also stabbed Ryan Pasilan, 25.

Both victims are still confined at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod.*