CPDRC probe ordered after drug source story

PACKS of shabu, which were seized in a buy-bust operation in Liloan, reportedly came from the Cebu Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center (CPDRC), prompting the governor to order stricter measures and investigate allegations that some jail personnel are involved.

This, after a woman arrested in Liloan for drugs pointed to her brother Allan Pilapil, detained in CPDRC Cell 84, as source.

Pilapil told CPDRC warden Romeo Manansala that Gino Pilapil of Cell 115 was his source, so the prison staff immediately searched the area and recovered drug paraphernalia.

On how drugs were ferried inside the facility and how they were brought out for distribution, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said,“Naa gyud tingali palusot diha, tingali naa pud komplot-komplot diha employees, mga gwardiya that is why we are investigating (Employees may be involved).”

Davide agreed that there is a need to beef up security, and he might seek police assistance.

Manansala said Gino and Allan, who are distant relatives, will be in isolated cells for six months.

The jail warden also ordered some cells near Pilapil’s padlocked.

Manansala said they will ask for the PNP’s help, for CPPO Director Noel Gillamac to conduct an “Oplan Greyhound” or major search in the facility using sniffing dogs.

Manansala agreed that there might be jail guards and personnel involved in the “palusot,” or traffic of contraband as other prohibited items were also recovered.

“Kanang electronic device ug kanang uban, gipalusot gyud na (Other things are surely sneaked in),” said Manansala, although avoiding mentioning names.

It has been reported that recent robbery of relief goods inside the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) and increasing number of dispatchers inside the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) occurred due to the absence of additional security guards.

When asked if he will hire temporary security guards, no need said Davide since they will soon be hiring a new set of security guards. Davide said he will ask the CPPO to assign PNP personnel in CPDRC meantime.

Davide said he will also ask Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) to conduct visibility patrol around the CICC.

Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chair Mark Tolentino said his technical working group (TWG) is already doing ocular inspection on two winning bidders, GDS and Tactical Security Agency. The two will separately secure Capitol facilities, like hospitals, in the North and South of Cebu.

Tolentino said the earliest is early next week, when they will ask the Provincial Board on Aug. 4 to authorize the governor to sign a contract on Capitol’s behalf on the two security agencies.

Capitol Security Head Loi Madrigal said he already assigned nine Civil Security Unit (CSU) personnel in CICC and at the CSBT.


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