CEBU City Jail Warden Johnson Calub and 28 senior jail guards will be relieved on Tuesday, following the discovery of millions in cash, illegal drugs, and appliances behind bars.
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) 7 Director Chief Supt. Allan Sullano Iral said that Calub will be made to explain why and how the contraband found its way to the jail.
An administrative case may be filed if there’s proof the warden was “remiss in his duty,” Iral said.
He recalled that last Saturday, after the pre-dawn raid was conducted, he received a text message from Calub, who told him that there were lawyers who had visited the city jail and asked for the money to be returned to their detained clients.
“Lisod paniwalaan (I find that hard to believe),” said Iral.
The confiscated amount, P4,653,400, was reportedly the proceeds of the cars sold by their clients. Investigators from BJMP 7 will still have to check on this allegation. An inmate, however, said last Saturday that these were savings amassed by the detainees through their canteen cooperative.
Aside from the information that the jail “commander” Jay Lloyd Yares was allegedly allowed to leave prison on a luxury vehicle, Iral said he received a tip from the police that a jail official had received a weekly payola of P3,000 from each of 36 brigadas or groups of inmates.
The relief order will be released today.
There are 139 personnel in the Cebu City Jail, and they include office clerks, custodians, escorts, and searchers.
Iral said that a team of investigators from the BJMP 7-Regional Investigation and Prosecution Division led by Insp. James Jayme will subject jail officers to an inquiry if there is enough basis to include them.
He hopes the inmates will name the personnel involved in smuggling contraband inside the jail. If they don’t provide names, they will face sanctions.
What about the four jail officers who allegedly facilitated the entry of shabu and appliances inside? Iral said he cannot speak on the matter yet because it is still under investigation.
Calub will be replaced by Jail Supt. Jessie Calumpong, the BJMP 7 assistant director for operations, while he submits to an inquiry.
The senior jail guards have served in Cebu City for more than four years and will be transferred to other regions. A second wave of revamp will happen after this first revamp.
According to a report submitted to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) General Director Isidro Lapeña, three personalities were caught in possession of a total of 48 heat-sealed transparent sachets containing shabu, weighing approximately 70 grams and worth P240,000.
The seized items are now in the PDEA 7 laboratory for confirmatory tests.
The personalities were identified by PDEA 7 Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz as Mark Entece, Marlon Ferolino, and Jerome Miñoza.
Iral said they will file additional complaints for violating Section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against these three.
He also said he was looking into possibility that drugs managed to get inside the city jail because of the “paabot” system.
Visitors sometimes ask the jail guards to give something to an inmate (“paabot”) outside of visiting hours.
“Bisan wala na’y dalaw, pwede pa gihapon ipasulod ang druga. It’s either ang searchers namin sa gate, hindi na search ng maayos or di ang personnel mao ang nagpadala sa paabot system (Even if it’s not visiting hours, the drugs can still get inside. It’s either the searchers at our gates didn’t properly frisk the visitors or the personnel themselves were doing the paabot system),” Iral said.
Iral said that they had long banned the practice.
The 12 makeshift rooms known as kubol-kubol will be destroyed; these were allegedly used as drug dens by users who disguised themselves as visitors.
A flat screen TV, however, is allowed if it will serve all the inmates, not just one. The management will also decide if they will allow visits or not.
In an earlier interview, jail warden Calub said that two searchers cannot handle the number of visitors to the city jail. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, an estimated 500 to 700 persons visit the inmates. That number rises to more than a thousand on Saturdays and Sundays.
Calub said he had authorized the makeshift rooms or kubol-kubol because the cells were overcrowded.