THE Department of Justice (DOJ) will also look into reports that female entertainers were brought inside the hospital room of convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata last month.
“I’ve heard about that and that is part of the investigation,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday.
Reports said Camata, leader of the Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, was visited by sexy starlet Krista Miller and two other women in his room at the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila, where he received treatment for a lung ailment over the weekend.
Justice Undersecretary Franciso Baraan, head of the investigation team, hit Camata's behavior which was caught on video.
"When you see the video parang very normal ang behavior ni Camata. He can get in and out of his room. Siya lang mag isa holding his cellphone. It's like he was not an inmate at all?" he told reporters, adding Camata was only supposed to see a pulmonologist based on his hospital referral slip.
NBP Superintendent Fajardo Lansangan and 12 jail guards were relieved from their posts on Wednesday pending the result of the probe that will determine if high-profile inmates were given special treatment by the NBP management.
"Nakikita natin na there is lack of professionalism in our prison guards. We need to re-train them and change their mindsets kasi nakasanayan na 'yan. It has become a culture (special treatment) sa NBP," said Baraan, who is set to wrap up his report on Friday.
Aside from Camata, bank robbery gang leader Herbert “Ampang” Colangco was brought to the posh Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa for urinary tract infection while shabu tiangge operator Amin Buratong sought treatment for recurring coronary artery disease and a liver ailment at the Medical City in Pasig.
Colangco and Buratong had already returned to the NBP. (Sunnex)