Bagong Diwa jail warden axed
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. –