NBI to probe Bilibid hospital pass scandal

September 09, 2019

THE National Bureau of Investigation is set to probe the reported sale of  ‘hospital pass’ to inmates allegedly by corrupt Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officials.

The hospital pass or hospital referral official pass for sale was allegedly to facilitate transfer of inmates to the hospital or medical facilities due to their purported medical condition.

“Yes, we will ask the NBI to investigate and do case build up regarding the hospital pass for sale,” Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco, member of the Interim Oversight Committee of BuCor, said.

Reports have it that inmates who have money can buy their way out of the congested jails into the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) hospital in the guise of being sick.

It was learned that bigtime drug lords, including those detained at the maximum security compound, have taken advantage of the pass to get out of jail. 

The “fee” for the hospital referral pass will take care of tampered medical record, which will make it appear that the inmate is sick and should be transferred to a less-congested facility “for health reasons.”

Bilibid telecom

Mobile and internet signal must be cut in the entire New Bilibid Prison, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman said Monday, following reports that some high-profile inmates continue to use cellphones and internet inside the national penitentiary.

“That’s simple. We can easily give a solution to that. When we have state visits, our cellphone [signals] are easily cut. Then all you need is to cut that off,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing yesterday.

“Who will cut that off? Of course, the operator – Smart and Globe. That’s it. That simple,” Panelo added.

With EMontano