By Jan Carlo Anolin
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said Tuesday that he received information that some of the imprisoned drug lords in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) were able to undertake drug transactions in hospitals by faking their illnesses and buying hospital passes.
Dela Rosa, in an interview with ANC, revealed that he only gave hospital passes for prisoners with extreme cases of illness when he was still Director General of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
And he also suspected that something was amiss with the issuance of such hospital passes.
“Ako, honestly, during my time I really suspected na merong ginagawang ganoon sa loob – ‘yung merong pinapaborang ‘yung mga hospital officials na mga malalaking sindikato na ma-refer doon sa hospital,” dela Rosa said.
(Honestly, during my time I really suspected that they were transactions inside – there were hospital officials who favor big drug syndicate for referral in the hospital.)
During his stint as BuCor chief, Dela Rosa said he received information that some of the inmates were able to do “business” in hospitals since they were able to move more swiftly and freely compared to when inside the prison, particularly Building No. 14.
Dela Rosa said Building No. 14 is the super-maximum security facility of the NBP reserved for the most incorrigible drug lords.
“Kaya nga pagdating ko doon, pinakaunang in-inspection ko after Building No. 14 [ay] ‘yung ospital mismo,” the former BuCor chief said.
(When I arrived there, first thing I did after inspecting Building No. 14 was to check the hospital itself.)
Dela Rosa ordered the drug lords in hospitals to return to Building No. 14. “I don’t care about your medical condition. You go back to Building No. 14,” he said.
As for the doctors in the hospitals, he instead instructed them to attend to their patients personally in Building No. 14.