SEVERAL inmates have sent feelers to blow the whistle on irregularities allegedly happening inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, including the questionable deaths of high-profile inmates who died at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are already feelers of persons who want to speak about other things that happened within the BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) compound,” Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said in a chance interview.
“PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) rin ang nakakaalam ng maraming bagay. May kasabihan pa nga if the walls could talk, nagsalita na lahat ‘yan eh. Siyempre there are a lot of secrets behind the whole complex,” he added.
At least eight PDLs died under suspicious circumstances while detained at the NBP maximum security compound.
Their deaths have spawned suspicion of foul play because they died during pandemic lockdowns in May to June 2020 despite testimonies from other prisoners that they were in good health.
Except for one inmate, their remains were said to be hastily cremated.
Following the death of drug convict Jayvee Sebastian and other inmates, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was formally tasked to launch an investigation.