SAF men seize P500-K shabu from Bilibid guard


By Dexter Cabalza

Elite troopers of the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force seized a plastic bag of shabu from a prison guard of the Bureau of Corrections on Thursday, a week after authorities conducted a raid amid the resurgence of drug trade in the national penitentiary.

Muntinlupa police chief Senior Supt. Dante Novicio, quoting SAF police, said 100 grams of shabu, or crystal meth, was found in a plastic bag hidden inside the underwear of Prison Guard 1 Ernesto Dionglay during a body inspection.


Dionglay was about to start his shift around 9 a.m. when SAF guards stopped him at employees’ gate of the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa for routinary inspection.

The BuCor prison guard, however, resisted being inspected and tried to run away to a place not seen by the closed-circuit television cameras.

Novicio said Dionglay would most likely to pass the shabu, with an estimated value of P500,000, to the other prisoners for them to sell it, adding that he admitted to use the money for his pregnant wife.

Dionglay is currently detained at Muntinlupa police detention, while being placed in inquest for a charge of illegal drugs possession.

 The BuCor guard’s arrest comes a week after Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and SAF chief Director Benjamin Lusad themselves conducted a raid in the maximum and medium security compound, after reports that the drug trade in Bilibid has returned.

Aguirre also announced that he would be supervising the BuCor, which oversees Bilibid, after its director Benjamin de Los Santos resigned from his post. JE


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