JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla yesterday confirmed that suspects connected to the high-profile killing of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and several others have been relocated to the Manila City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
The transfer of the suspects, including alleged co-mastermind Marvin Miranda, was prompted by the planned demolition of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters along Taft Avenue in Manila.
In addition, 83 other inmates from the NBI have been recently moved to Building 14 of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
The majority of these inmates were arrested as a result of NBI agents’ entrapment operations.
The relocation follows the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement in March 2023 between Bureau of Corrections chief Gregorio Catapang and NBI Director Medardo De Lemos, which allows for the temporary use of BuCor’s prison facilities.
The planned demolition of the NBI headquarters aims to pave the way for the construction of a new building, leading to the dismantling of affected structures such as the firing range and detention facility, where individuals await the outcome of court inquest proceedings.
Consequently, the BuCor prison facilities will function as temporary holding cells for individuals arrested by the NBI.
However, the NBI bears the responsibility of deploying its own personnel to ensure the security and surveillance of the facility and its immediate surroundings.