Albayalde orders men to join massive search for drugs, weapons in jails

ACTING on orders of Interior and Local Government Eduardo M. Año, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has directed all concerned police regional offices to further step-up their effort to help the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology search for drugs and other contraband hidden in BJMP-run prison facilities across the country.

The DILG directive was issued amid persistent reports on the continuing presence of prohibited drugs and other banned items in jails as proven by many successful police raids and arrests since the start of the Duterte government’s war on drugs in July 2016.

It also came in the aftermath of a number of drug arrests and seizures made by the Police Regional Office 7 in Central Visayas headed by Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas wherein huge volume of confiscated shabu — one operation alone led to the recovery of nearly P200 million worth of shabu confiscated from suspected big-time drug traffickers were found to have been supplied by syndicates getting directions from drug lords already serving time at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

The DILG chief ordered all concerned personnel of the PNP and BJMP to adhere to the new guidelines to rationalize and ensure the sound and efficient conduct of joint inspections of all jails under the management and supervision of the DILG-BJMP.’

According to the new guidelines, a request to inspect must be submitted to the Office of the SILG prior to the conduct of joint inspection, subject to the approval of the Secretary or his duly authorized delegate or designate.

The request must classify and indicate the objectives, the manner of conduct, and the list of personnel of concerned agencies recommended to be part of the inspection teams.

The PNP-BJMP inspection teams are also ordered to coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to ensure proper handling in case of recovery of illegal drugs and paraphernalia.