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Angry residents tear down BuCor wall

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MUNTINLUPA CITY—Residents in a community within the New Bilibid Prison reservation demolished a wall built by the Bureau of Corrections mere hours after it was erected.


The wall, which was put up on Friday around midnight, is the BuCor’s third attempt to restrict access inside the NBP. After it was torn down, the bureau blockaded the area by bulldozing the bridge that linked Katarungan Village 1 and 2 to Barangay Poblacion proper and the city proper.


Muntinlupa mayor Jaime Fresnedi said that the bureau’s move was done without consent of the city government and its residents.


“They built the wall like a thief in the night. What is the BuCor’s reason for clandestinely setting up another blockade?” the local chief said.


Before the wall was completed on Friday, Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon, city administrator Allan Cachuela, other city department heads, as well as Poblacion chair Allen Ampaya hastened to the site to prevent BuCor personnel from doing so.


However, Fresnedi reported that BuCor personnel “did not budge to the repeated explanations of the city officials”, prompting residents to take matters into their own hands.


Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra in a message said that he did not receive any notice that the wall was going to be built and has advised the BuCor to pause further construction until they have discussed the issue with the local government unit and affected communities.


However, the BuCor stood by their decision to restrict access to the NBP “out of ensuring the safety and security of the prison facility.” In their view, Katarungan residents had “more than enough access points.”


Back in March, BuCor had erected walls closing off Insular Prison Road that leads to the Southville 3 government housing project. Two months later, they built a wall blocking a road to the residential community of Type B.

The Muntinlupa city government did not agree to either project.

Photo: Inquirer.net


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