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Perks for a price: BuCor exec confirms payoffs between Bilibid inmates, prison officials

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Inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) have formed “unholy alliances” with prison officials to get away with enjoying privileges, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal division chief Fredric Santos said Thursday (September 12).

At the continuation of the joint Senate committee hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law, Santos revealed that prison guards often look the other way when they are paid by inmates who break rules.

For instance, Santos said prison guards could be paid P500 up to P1,000 in exchange for not filing a complaint against an inmate caught using a cellphone.

Pressed by Senator Panfilo Lacson how inmates at the NBP are able to use cellphones, Santos said smuggling of contraband items is rampant inside NBP and there is an “intense” code of silence about it.

Asked by Senator Richard Gordon if every perk could be bought inside NBP, Santos said: “Puwede po, sir.”

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