PNP to intensify drug war in prisons


May 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police will be ramping up operations against inmates involved in the illegal drug trade, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said yesterday.

Eleazar said the PNP would intensify coordination with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to thwart drug operations at the New Bilibid Prison and other detention facilities.

Last Friday, police apprehended two men who admitted that they were pushing drugs for an inmate of the Cebu City jail.

The suspects yielded P6.9 million worth of shabu during a sting.

“Drug rings have found endless means to continue selling drugs. That’s why we will also not run out of ways to catch them,” Eleazar said.

“We have existing partnerships with the BJMP and BuCor and we will be strengthening these to cut all opportunities for traffickers to continue peddling drugs,” he added.

Eleazar said he ordered the Cebu police to probe inmates who may have connections to drug rings.

“We will not stop until we catch them,” he said.

Drug trafficking from and within prisons continues despite measures implemented by police in dealing with the entry and exit of the contraband, according to Eleazar.

The PNP had previously deployed Special Action Force commandos in Bilibid to conduct greyhound operations and to guard alleged corrupt prison guards.


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