Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - JAYMEET. GAMIL

The war­den of the Metro Manila Dis­trict Jail (MMDJ) in­side Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City was re­lieved of his post on Fri­day, hours af­ter a sur­prise in­spec­tion yielded sus­pected il­le­gal drugs, deadly weapons and other con­tra­band.

The Bu­reau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy (BJMP) said Supt. Gemelo Taol, who had been the war­den for just over a year, would be moved to the re­gional of­fice for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Chief Supt. Deogra­cias Ta­payan, the BJMP act­ing chief, said the raid on Fri­day morn­ing found sus­pected “shabu” (crys­tal meth) hid­den in jars sup­pos­edly for salt, drug para­pher­na­lia, as­sorted weapons, 40 cell phones, 62 SIM cards, nine USB de­vices, 71 packs and 239 sticks of cig­a­rettes, 409 sticks of tobacco wrapped in pa­per, and cash amount­ing to P88,220.

The MMDJ cur­rently holds 2,380 de­tainees, in­clud­ing high-pro­file crime sus­pects from around the coun­try whose in­ves­ti­ga­tion or trial are be­ing held in Metro Manila.

Chief Insp. Con­rad Basilio will take over as war­den.

In a warn­ing to jail of­fi­cers work­ing in ca­hoots with in­mates, Ta­payan said: “If they can’t clean up their fa­cil­i­ties (and) toe the line, I will wel­come their res­ig­na­tion.”

“I will not think twice about dis­miss­ing (them),” he said, not­ing that the BJMP will be re­cruit­ing 1,000 per­son­nel in 2018, in ad­di­tion to the 500 hired this year.—

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