Bagong Diwa jail war­den axed

The Philippine Star - - METRO - Em­manuel Tupas, Ce­cille Suerte Felipe

The war­den of the Metro Manila Dis­trict Jail at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City was sacked from his post af­ter il­le­gal drugs and other con­tra­band were seized from the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity yes­ter­day.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Deogra­cias Ta­payan, di­rec­tor of the Bu­reau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy, re­lieved Su­per­in­ten­dent Gemelo Taol. He was re­placed by Chief In­spec­tor Con­rad Basilo.

Taol was re­lieved fol­low­ing a “Grey­hound Op­er­a­tion” wherein an un­de­ter­mined quan­tity of shabu hid­den in jars of salt, other drug para­pher­na­lia and deadly weapons were con­fis­cated.

Other il­le­gal items found in the jail are 40 mo­bile phones, 62 SIM cards, nine USB de­vices, 71 packs and 239 sticks of cig­a­rettes, 409 sticks of to­bacco wrapped in pa­per and P88,220 in cash.

The jail has 2,396 pris­on­ers guarded by 90 jail guards work­ing in shifts.

“We want to get rid of con­tra­band in jails, es­pe­cially cel­lu­lar phones and il­le­gal drugs, and even per­son­nel who are in ca­hoots with the in­mates,” Ta­payan said in a state­ment.

Ta­payan told jail war­dens in Metro Manila last Thurs­day to take a strong stance against il­le­gal drugs in jails and warned he will not hes­i­tate to pun­ish erring of­fi­cers. –

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