Grey­hound re­sults high­light lack of city jail space, guards

Sur­prise Cebu City Jail in­spec­tion of kubols yields con­tra­band

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Nes­tle L. Semilla RE­PORTER

The con­fis­ca­tion of more con­tra­band in­side the nu­mer­ous kubol-kubol or makeshift shanties made by in­mates in­side the Cebu City Jail dur­ing the lat­est ver­sion of the Oper­a­tion Grey­hound has high­lighted the fa­cil­ity’s lack of space and jail guards.

Cebu City Coun­cilor Dave Tu­mu­lak, deputy mayor on po­lice mat­ters, said the kubol-kubol would have to be de­stroyed to free more space at the Cebu City Jail.

Tu­mu­lak, who was present dur­ing the lat­est sur­prise jail in­spec­tion called Oplan Galu­gad, cited the lack of jail guards as one of the rea­sons for these banned and il­le­gal items to slip through jail se­cu­rity.

Tu­mu­lak was re­fer­ring to the five cel­lu­lar phones, bot­tles of Nubain, as­sorted drug para­pher­na­lia and bladed weapons found dur- ing yes­ter­day’s sur­prise in­spec­tion.

Yes­ter­day’s Oplan Galu­gad also yielded a TV set, a videoke ma­chine and an elec­tric fan con­fis­cated in­side the jail shanties.

Tu­mu­lak said at present only about a hun­dred jail guards are as­signed to se­cure some 4,300 in­mates of the Cebu City Jail.

“The ideal num­ber is sup­pos­edly 500,” he said.

Yes­ter­day’s sur­prise in­spec­tion is also aimed to push through with the dis­man­tling of these jail shanties to de­con­gest the city jail.

Tu­mu­lak said that the in­mates liv­ing in these shanties were ear­lier told to dis­man­tle the shanties last week, but they did not heed the or­der.

“Tun­god sa kadaghan nag in­mates, ki­na­hanglan gub-on tong kubol-kubol aron ma­su­lod ang in­mates. Kay kanang kubol-kubol nakakuha man sad g’yud siya og space (Be­cause of the num­ber of in­mates, the kubol-kubol must be dis­man­tled to free more space in­side the jail),” Tu­mu­lak said.

On Tues­day, Tu­mu­lak said the Cebu City Coun­cil would pass a res­o­lu­tion, ask­ing the BJMP head­quar­ters in Manila to add more jail guards at the city jail to pre­vent the en­try of con­tra­band.

The city jail, which has a ca­pac­ity of 1,600 in­mates, cur­rently has 4,300 in­mates.

The BJMP, how­ever, is plan­ning to build an­other build­ing in­side the jail com­pound es­pe­cially with the P101 mil­lion bud­get given by the na­tional gov­ern­ment to the BJMP.

“Hope­fully, this will help de­con­gest the fa­cil­ity,” Tu­mu­lak said.

Fri­day dawn’s sur­prise in­spec­tion was ini­ti­ated by Senior Supt. Ar­nel Per­alta, the Cebu City Jail war­den, who wanted the fa­cil­ity to be from con­tra­band.


Cebu City po­lice per­son­nel leave the Cebu City Jail dur­ing a March 18, 2017 Grey­hound Oper­a­tion.

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