“No Escape From the Virus: More Higher Profiles Die from COVID-19 in Jail”

Higher Profiles Die from COVID-19 in Jail”

Eight other high profile Current Bilibid Jail prisoners have suffered from COVID-19, sources reported.

The detainees or persons deprived of liberty (PDL) are among the 66 occupants of Building 14, the highest-secured facility within the Maximum Security Compound of Bilibid. It holds high-profile criminals, the bulk of which are alleged drug traffickers.

Among the eight, six are Chinese and the remaining two are Philippine drug lords. Three of the eight were part of the “Bilibid 19” previously transferred to the National Investigation Bureau after then Justice Secretary Leila De Lima discovered that several inmates led posh lifestyles while imprisoned.

One of two drug traffickers in Filipino died May 23, while the other died early June. At a crematorium in Dasmarinas, Cavite, three of the Chinese nationals were cremated while one was cremated at North Cemetery, the source added.

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), requested clarification, said that health records of PDLs are only issued to the relatives.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that they have called Gerald Bantag, Director of BuCor (Bureau of Corrections), to their office since they are going to find out. Reports submitted by BuCor to the Justice Department showed that no new COVID-19 infection has been reported from all the jails and penal farms as of July 1st. BuCor manages seven prison facilities including Bilibid and the women’s correctional facility (CIW).

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