4 dead inmates after Bilibid riot

Published November 10, 2020, 4:18 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

There are now four inmates who perished following the riot at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City on Monday, Nov. 9, said Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar on Tuesday, Nov. 10.


The DOJ spokesperson identified those who died as Ace P. Pempena, Calvin D. Tan, Edgar P. Publico, and Jonathan G. Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, Villar said the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has begun restricting the movements of the inmates of the Bilibid following the riot.

“At the moment the PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) are not allowed to leave their dorms and only orderlies are allowed to roam,” she said.

“Visits have been suspended even prior to the riot because of COVID (2019 novel coronavirus disease),” the spokesperson noted.

Earlier, the BuCor reported that there were three PDLs who died and 64 other inmates who got hurt from the riot that erupted at around past 8 a.m. Monday inside the Maximum Security Compound of the Bilibid.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the latest riot at the NBP.

The secretary said he wants also to find out if there was negligence among BuCor officials and personnel including BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag that resulted in the latest fight.

“These BuCor officials should have learned their lesson from the previous violent incident where several PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) were killed,” Guevarra earlier said. 

Guevarra also said “the DOJ has ordered the BuCor to submit a detailed report ASAP (as soon as possible).”

Guevarra had previously ordered the NBI to investigate the Oct. 9 riot at the Quadrant 4 of the NBP’s Maximum Security Compound where nine inmates were killed and seven others got hurt.

The Oct. 9 riot stemmed from a fight between the Sigue Sigue Sputnik (SSS) and Sigue Sigue Commando (SSC) gangs.

The BuCor earlier said the Oct. 9 riot happened “because of perceived disrespect to an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) member of one group.”