De Lima orders new BuCor chief to make Bilibid drug-free

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III on Tuesday was sworn in as the new director general of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which maintains the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. Accompanied by his family, Cruz was sworn in by Justice...

Bilibid exec sacked for interfering in confiscation of prohibited items

MANILA, Jan 8 (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has dismissed a New Bilibid Prison official for interfering with the Bureau of Corrections’ confiscation of prohibited items inside a “kubol” at the national penitentiary last year. In a statement, De Lima said there was...

Dismantle all special kubols inside Bilibid in 2 weeks or else – De Lima

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Wednesday gave the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) two weeks to dismantle all special “kubols”  at the Maximum Security Compound inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP). “I told them not to wait for me to be the one to do it. Kung...

NBI raids Bilibid anew, more contraband found

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Police commandos on Friday conducted another raid at the maximum security compound of New Bilibid Prison and demolished “villas” set up by drug lords and robbery gang leaders in the prison. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has entered at least...

PNP wants answers why guns in convict’s cell

MANILA, Dec 20 (Mabuhay) – The original owners of the firearms found in the prison cell of Peter Co will be held liable after the guns were discovered in the possession of the drug convict. The Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms and Licensing Division said it will write to...

Prison sex, drugs and bribery scandal shocks PHL

By Cecil Morella Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – A sex, drugs and bribery scandal at the Philippines’ main prison, where a raid uncovered drug lords “living like kings” in luxury cells with stripper bars and jacuzzis, has shocked a country inured to tales of official corruption....

De Lima to check 2-storey house in Bilibid herself

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she would be visiting the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City to personally inspect a two-storey house and a swimming pool supposedly owned by high-profile inmates. In an interview, De Lima said she also...

Justice chief mum on illicit affairs claim

MANILA, June 4 (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday refused to answer allegations that she had illicit affairs with at least two married men. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada raised the issue about de Lima’s supposed affairs during the justice chief’s confirmation hearing...

Comelec extends validity of gun ban exemptions for Oct polls

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said those given gun ban exemptions during the May 13 midterm elections need not to apply anew for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October. The poll body, through Resolution No. 9735, extended the...

De Lima questions deaths of two suspects in Laguna

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is questioning the circumstances of the deaths of two suspected criminals in Laguna who were shot while in police custody and being transferred from Cavite on Monday night. In a press conference in Manila, De Lima...