Almost 200 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and personnel of the Bureau of Corrections have been tested positive with the 2019 coronavirus, said Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete on Wednesday (May 27).

200 inmates, BuCor personnel infected with COVID-19

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Almost 200 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) and personnel of the Bureau of Corrections have been tested positive with the 2019 coronavirus, said Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete on Wednesday (May 27).

“Based on the latest report issued by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), as of 25 May 2020, a total of one hundred sixty one (161) Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) have been confirmed infected with Covid-19,” he said in a statement.

“Six (6) PDLs have died of the disease, while thus far, eight (8) have recovered,” he added.

Among the cases, Perete said the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City has the most number with 82 PDLs and 26 personnel who were found to have the virus.

The Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City has 79 PDLs and five personnel who also have the virus.

Perete said the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City only has 19 PDLs who are suspected with COVID-19.

“No cases of Covid 19 have been reported in the four other penal farms and colonies under the BuCor,” he reported.

On the other hand, the undersecretary assured that more testing will conducted in BuCor facilities as 1,500 rapid tests kits for use on PDLs are set to be delivered this week.

Perete said the Department of Justice (DOJ) will also be providing laptops to the BuCor so PDLs can participate in the “e-dalaw program” which would allow inmates to communicate with their families.

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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