CONVICTED Filipino-Chinese drug trafficker Calvin D. Tan was killed along with three other persons during an early morning prison riot in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa last Monday.
The Department of Justice yesterday confirmed Tan’s death. He was killed during the melee along with three other inmates, namely: Ace P. Pempena, Edgar Publico, and Jonathan G. Rodriguez.
Tan was sentenced to life imprisonment for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. He was accused, and then convicted, for organizing, operating, and financing a shabu laboratory in Mandaue City.
As of this writing, a lockdown was imposed inside the densely-packed national prison. Only orderlies are allowed to roam freely.
Last October 9, a bloody prison clash in NBP left nine (9) gang members killed during a pre-dawn melee.
Seven members of the feared Sputnik Gang were killed, while two (2) inmates from rival Commando Gang perished.
The riot happened at the East Quadrant of the NBP, which was still reeling from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In last Monday’s incident, it was the same feuding gangs that got involved in the bloody scuffle.
Aside from NBP in Muntinlupa, the other BuCor prison facilities are Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City, the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Oriental Mindoro, Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Davao del Norte, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan, San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City, and the Leyte Regional Prison in Southern Leyte.