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Cops search Bagong Diwa jails for drugs, other contraband

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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HEAVILY-ARMED police commandos yesterday searched the maximum-security prison compound in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City where they found contraband including banned mobile phones, lists of illegal drug transactions and even a notebook containing written instructions on how to make a bomb, National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Oscar D. Albayalde said.

Albayalde said that the notebook contained notes and diagrams on chemical mixtures and even some Arabic texts. The notebook was found inside a cell at the Special Intensive Care Area (SICA) detention facility which houses nearly 400 high-profile inmates, some of them big-time drug and terror personalities including members of the Abu Sayyaf and the New People’s Army.
   
The NCRPO chief said that the owner of the notebook is said to be a former policeman named Bahmer Baid Hamsi detained for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
   
He said that during the raid, police also seized dozens of drug paraphernalia, bladed weapons and gadgets including cell phones believed being used by some of the prisoners to make illegal drug transactions.
   
Albayalde said that searched by his men, in cooperation with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology were the SICA 1 and 2, the Metro Manila District Jail, the Manila City Jail, Taguig City Jail, and Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa.
   
The NCRPO ‘Oplan Galugad’ was part of the NCRPO’s security preparations for the 30th Asean  summit. Albayalde described it as part of their ‘target-hardening’ measures especially during international events held in the region just like the Miss Universe and the Traslacion.
   
The official presented the confiscated notebook that contained diagrams, procedures and ingredients of an Improvised Explosive Device. Included in the notes is a sketch on how to make a car bomb which is believed to be the same one used in a deadly car bomb attack in Cotabato in 2014.
   
“There is no imminent threat in the coming Asean Summit. However, we have to be cautious because the threat is always there, it is global,” Albayalde said.
   
He said that the output of this Oplan Galugad is very helpful in preventing the inmates in pursuing any attempt to threaten the security situation prior or during the Asean Summit as well as to monitor and eventually stop their illegal drug transactions.
   
Albayalde said that the BJMP-NCR is continuously conducting its ‘greyhound operations’ in jails under their supervision. He said  that Chief Inspector Ricky Heart Pegalan, the warden of SICA 1, told him that they have already confiscated 19 cell phones during a series of raids last Wednesday.
   
“We will continue this joint effort with the BJMP-NCR. We want to make sure that while we perform separate tasks, both NCRPO and BJMP-NCR are determined to cleanse our rank and facilities. We will continue helping each other on the issues on illegal drugs and terrorism to ensure the success of the Asean Summit,” Albayalde said.