Ultimate mockery of Philippine justice system

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima leading the raid at the New Bilibid Prison.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima leading the raid at the New Bilibid Prison.

How else would one describe it when high-profile prisoners convicted for their nefarious activities outside and sent to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa to serve their sentences, continue their corrupt practices with all the trappings that drug money can buy, yet still?

Coming from the horse’s mouth, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima expressed disgust over what she saw inside the maximum security compound of the NBP, when she, together with armed agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police (PNP)-Special Action Force, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and Presidential Anti-Organize Crime Commission (PAOCC), raided the infamous place to verify long time reports that drug rings were operated from behind bars.

Their suspicions of who were doing it were confirmed when the surprised visit saw the same names of 20 drug operators outside then, doing the same evil deeds of pushing illegal drugs from inside the NBP now.

“I am disgusted, even beyond disgusted,” De Lima said. “They are here to serve jail time but instead, they’re living like kings.”

De Lima promised that heads will roll, referring of course to prison officials who have been corrupted many times over for these illegal drug syndicate to flourish even in perceived unlikely places. This normally happens, when like the convicts, the prison officials are also consumed with greed.

Like kings, indeed, the drug lords were living inside their refurbished “kubols” or dormitory spaces because it contained all the luxurious amenities that only the wealthy can afford, and with their vast resources inside that gives them the power and clout, they lord it over everybody, including the NBP officials.

Unbelievable what the raiding team discovered inside, like, strip bars, sex dolls, jacuzzi, methamphetamines, high-powered guns, entertainment appliances, sauna facility and even secret pathway, but how the drug lords cum prisoners acquired them, as if they were still in the comforts of their homes, really boggles ones mind considering where they are – inside the NBP.

But what really hurts is that, not only are the convicts still in the business of making enormous amount of money from their illicit drug dealing while destroying families, lives and the future of many young Filipinos, thus, lamentably, making an ultimate mockery of the country’s justice system, but even the government officials are themselves doing a perversion of the laws inside the NBP facility.



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