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‘Tilapia’ for P30K: Lacson bares 7 ways BuCor execs make money at Bilibid

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From food to women, everything comes with a price tag at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

At the continuation of the Senate hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) controversy, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed the seven ways Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials make money off inmates.

His revelations were supported by former BuCor officer in charge Rafael Ragos, whom the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees invited as a resource person to the hearing.

The top money-making schemes inside NBP are the following:

0. Tilapia- code name for women brought for inmates to have sex with. Ragos said one “tilapia” could fetch a price of P30,000 per night.
0. Catering: Corrupt BuCor officials take a cut off inmates’ food allowance. Ragos said those in charge of NBP could net as much as P800,000 monthly from the scheme.
0. SOP: Money automatically collected from new inmates. The proceeds are brought to the BuCor director’s office.
0. Kidnapping: abductions involving high-profile inmates
0. Gambling: Ragos said inmates are able to gamble inside the “kubol” or living quarters of their fellow prisoners. He said gambling activities could last all day.
0. Contraband: Inmates pay to receive prohibited items such as cell phones and cigarettes
0. Special requests: Inmates can ask for special favors— including foreign women and hosting parties— for a fee.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) intelligence agent Jovencio Ablen Jr. said BuCor officials could make as much as P500,000 weekly from the various money-making schemes inside NBP.

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