By Aaron Recuenco
The new leadership of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) vowed to continue providing manpower and other forms of assistance to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in its attempt to deny convicted drug lords and other criminal gang members the opportunity to operate their syndicates while detained at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
NCRPO director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said that, aside from the deployment of needed policemen at the NBP, they will also push for the full operation of the liaison office of the Quad-Intel Force at the Muntinlupa facility.
The Quad-Intel Force is composed of the NCRPO, the Metro Manila offices of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the military’s Joint Task Force NCR.
“We will be providing office supplies needed for the improvement of the Quad-Intel Force office at the NBP,” said Sinas.
It was recalled that the creation of the Quad-Intel Force was initiated by then NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar in a bid to consolidate government efforts against illegal drugs in Metro Manila.
This, after Eleazar found out that after the arrest of big-time drug pushers in Metro Manila, their supply of shabu came from syndicates continuously being supervised and controlled by convicted drug lords from inside the NBP.
In order to deny the convicted drug lords the opportunity to operate, Eleazar also initiated the setting up of Quad-Intel Force Liaison Office at the NBP.
The office will serve as the eyes and ears of BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag on the syndicates that continue to get instructions from convicted drug lords at the NBP.
A total of 551 policemen were also deployed at the NBP as Eleazar’s response to the request of Bantag to provide manpower while the strict vetting process on all BuCor prison guards and other personnel are being conducted.
Sinas, for his part, said that the 16 policemen who were caught sneaking cigarettes, liquor and communication gadgets at the NBP were not part of the 551 policemen deployed by NCRPO at the NBP.
“We will also be providing financial assistance to the NCRPO Regional Mobile Force Battalion personnel deployed at the Bilibid,” said Sinas.
Sinas replaced Eleazar as NCRPO chief after the latter was promoted to occupy the fourth highest position at the Philippine National Police, Chief Directorial Staff.