THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the Special Action Force (SAF) installed at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to temporarily prohibit religious groups from conducting spiritual activities inside the national penitentiary.

This was after the DOJ, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, received reports that fake religious groups enter the NBP to bring inside illegal drugs and prostitutes.

“I received information that some religious personnel preaching inside Bilibid are conduits of illegal drugs and prostitution,” Aguirre said.

He added that just recently, the DOJ refused to grant the request of religious organization who would want to conduct a thanksgiving fellowship inside the NBP as it can affect the operation of SAF.

According to Sec. Aguirre, the information came from Non-government Organization and three jail guards from the Bilibid.

Aguirre said that the DOJ is now conducting investigation to know the extent of the connections of the drug lords inside the national penitentiary.

About 320 Philippine National Police SAF members are deployed to Bureau of Correctional. They will monitor the activities inside the NBP while its the original NBP personnel are being retrained. (Sunnex)