Yet another riot erupted inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa last week, this time leaving at least three prisoners dead and 64 others injured.
The deadly melee, which involved members of the dominant Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Sigue Sigue Commando gangs, occurred inside the penitentiary’s maximum security compound.
Exchange of gunfire between rampaging inmates and first responders was clearly audible in film clips of the rioting aired on national television.
Bureau of Corrections spokesman Col. Gabriel Chaclag could not immediately explain to the media how deadly firearms found their way inside the maximum security compound.
Last Oct. 9, exactly one month ago, nine inmates were killed as members of the same rival prison gangs clashed in the wee hours of the morning also inside the maximum security compound.
To address this problem, prison officials led by Gen. Gerald Bantag came up the patchwork solution called “Oplan: Bura Tatak” that was aimed at reducing the culture of violence and promoting peace by erasing tattoos to remove gang loyalty.
Obviously, Bantag’s bright idea turned out to be a dud.
Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra said he had ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the latest riot, but somehow this declaration failed to impress because he did the same thing after the Oct. 9 riot. And nothing happened.
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