BUREAU of Corrections (BuCor) Director Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa banned all officials and employees from bringing cellular phones, tablets, laptop and other personal communication devices inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) compound.
Bato’s directive came after receiving information that some personnel of BuCor, including jail guards, allowed their gadgets to be used by prisoners in exchange for something with monetary value.
The memorandum issued by Dela Rosa reads, “Verified information disclosed that certain BuCor personnel allow the use of their personal communication devices to some Persons Deprived of Liberty (PsDL) in exchange for monetary considerations, thereby, indirectly condoning PsDL to continue their illegal transactions outside the national penitentiary.”
The memo added that “in order to completely halt this corrupt practice and totally eradicate PsDL’s illegal transactions through communication devices, the entry of communication devices/gadgets by all BuCor officials and employees inside the prison compound is hereby prohibited.”
Dela Rosa said his memorandum order not only covers all personnel of the NBP but all personnel of Correctional Institution for Women, and prison and penal farms in Davao, Iwahig, San Ramon, Sablayan and Leyte.
Bato warned those who will violate the order will be severely punished.