Services of SAF might no longer be needed in Bilibid in a few months

Published February 11, 2018, 4:44 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Aaron Recuenco

The services of the police’s elite Special Action Force (SAF) might no longer be needed at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in a few months.

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said that he is already crafting plans on how to shut down the drug lords from the outside world once he assumes the top post of the Bureau of Corrections.

NBP (Ali Vicoy/Manila Bulletin/Manila Bulletin)
NBP (Ali Vicoy/Manila Bulletin/Manila Bulletin file photo)

“Just in case I am assigned there, I am planning to group all the drug lords in one facility so that they would no longer carry out their illegal activities,” said dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa, who was supposed to retire on January 21, was promised the BuCor top post as soon as he retires but President Duterte decided to extend his tour of duty in the PNP until April 21.

A battalion of SAF is currently assigned to the NBP due to trust issues, what with the reports that organic NBP personnel are in cahoots with drug lords

This is reportedly the reason why cellphones and other gadgets continue to enter the NBP that are later used by drug lords to supervise their illegal drugs transactions.

“If that happens, there is no longer a need to guard them since they, the think tanks of the illegal drugs trade in the Philippines, are already in one place,” said dela Rosa.

Another problem that dela Rosa is currently finding solution is the women’s correctional following reports that female drug lords continue to have access to gadgets inside.

It was recalled that a convicted female drug lord became controversial after a big amount of shabu was seized inside the house of her daughter in Manila.

At least two cops were also placed under investigation after they were accused of being aware of the illegal drugs activities of the convicted drug lord through her daughter.

“That is another problem but I will take care of it once I assumed the position in BuCor,” dela Rosa said.