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NBP drug trade growth aided by cellphones use

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Top Stories
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THE drug operations inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) grew with the drug lords’ use of cellphones, which inmates are supposed not to have.

Kidnapping and carnapping convict Jaybee Sebastian told the House Committee on Justice that the jammers inside the NBP were turned off to allow the transactions of illegal drugs.
   
According to Sebastian, the inmates, particularly the drug lords pay at least P100,000 to Bureau of Corrections officials every week to shut down the signal
   
When asked who were in charge of jammers, Sebastian named former Bureau of Corrections directors Franklin Bucayu and Ricardo Rainier Cruz III.
   
In his elaboration, Sebastian said the jammers were only turned on during inspections.
   
While the controversial inmate admitted that he is a big-time drug lord now, Sebastian stressed that the sources of shabu are the Chinese drug lords incarcerated in the NBP.
   
“Kahit nakakulong ang mga Chinese drug lord, patuloy pa din ang bentahan ng shabu sa loob at labas,” Sebastian said.
   
From the Manila City jail, Sebastian was transferred to the NBP in 2009 when he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
   
Unlike the claim of President Rodrigo Duterte that shabu is being cooked inside the NBP,  Sebastian said that there is no shabu laboratory in the national penitentiary.
   
He added, the Chinese drugs lords were able to get supplies abroad on their cellphones.
   
In the previous hearings, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he was eyeing the procurement of more advanced signal jammers that can even stop the LTE signal.