By Jonathan Hicap
Outgoing Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief and senatorial aspirant Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa told new prison guards and other employees not to be tempted by bribes from convicted drug lords.
Dela Rosa administered the oath to 605 new corrections officers, corrections technical officers and non-uniformed personnel, the first batch hired by BuCor under Republic Act 10575, or the Bureau of Corrections Act of 2011, at the New Bilibid Prison Sunken Garden in Muntinlupa.
“Huwag na huwag ninyong babuyin ang sarili ninyo. Napakalaki ng suweldo ninyo. Siguruhin ninyo na huwag na huwag kayong magpasilaw sa pera. Marami diyan sa loob na mayayaman na drug lords. Huwag kayong magpapadala kung sa ano man. Huwag kayong magpapatakot (sa sindikato),” he said.
The new recruits will start training at the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, Dela Rosa said. The BuCor currently supervises 44,247 inmates as of August 2018.
Of these, 27,081 or 61.2 percent are confined at the NBP, which has a congestion rate of 169 percent.
Dela Rosa took over the BuCor leadership last May and from that time, he has implemented reforms at BuCor.
Among these, he said, are uplifting the morale of employees by increasing their salaries, and segregating the convicted drug lords to stop their drug transactions. He said Chinese drug lords were segregated to prevent collusion with Filipino drug lords.
Dela Rosa also revealed that he was running for senator in the May 13, 2019 elections under PDP-Laban and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s party Hugpong ng Pagbabago.