The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Sunday, March 21, justified its decision to close or limit the public use of a road passing through the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) compound in Muntinlupa City.
In a statement, BuCor said it had to close or limit the use of the road to protect the maximum security prison inside the NBP.
Photos of the blocked road from the Southville 3 of the National Housing Authority (NHA) went viral online.
BuCor Deputy Director Gabriel P. Chaclag said the bureau does not consider it as blocking. What BuCor implemented is the “closing of vehicular traffic from NHA South Ville 3 passing through Maximum Security Compound,” he said.
“There is another big highway within the NBP land that NHA Southville 3 can use as alternate route,” he pointed out.
He lamented that motorists have been accustomed to using the closed road for almost 15 years as a shortcut.
“Dapat na po nating ituwid ito. Hindi po maayos ang bayan natin kung walang disiplina (We have to correct this. Our country will not be in order without discipline),” he said.