Dec 242014

The National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) probe on the anomalies in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) will be finished in three to four months, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said on Wednesday.

In a report of Radyo DZBB reporter Tuesday Niu, De Lima was quoted as saying that the NBI’s probe on various anomalies in the NBP will be completed in the first quarter of 2015, as the Bureau already have its initial findings.

De Lima said to be included in the NBI’s investigation report are recommendations on actions that must be implemented by the NBP and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

On December 15, in a surprise inspection of the maximum security compound of the NBP, De Lima together with agents of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the NBI, found several rooms or kubol with luxury amenities such as a sauna, jacuzzi with a television screen, a 50-inch flat screen TV, a split-type aircon, a home theater system and an LCD projector.

One cell was also found to have a recording studio, complete with a stage and sound system for live performances.

Expensive items such as shoes, sunglasses, watches, gadgets and even sex toys were also discovered in some of the kubols, along with suspected packs of shabu.

Among the issues being investigated by the NBI is the alleged drug manufacturing and trading inside the NBP.

De Lima, meanwhile, maintained that there is no need for BuCor director Franklin Jesus Bucayu to step down from his post amid the anomalies in the NBP saying she needs the help of the latter in implementing reforms in the national penitentiary.

De Lima had defended Bucayu from the NBP mess, saying that the BuCor chief has already told them about the NBP’s situation the moment he got the post. De Lima also said that the BuCor chief helped plan the Bilibid raid. Elizabeth Marcelo/NB, GMA News

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