NEW BILIBID PRISON NOW A 'HIGH-END' SUBDIVISION

The New Bilibid Prison (NBP) maximum security compound – which houses high-risk criminals serving life sentences – has reportedly evolved into a “high-end subdivision,” according to a source at the Department of Justice (DOJ). “You can’t help but ask if this is a prison or a subdivision for the rich,” said the official, who asked to remain anonymous. The compound is in full view of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director’s office and outside its heavily guarded gates is the office of the superintendent. BuCor is under the direct supervision of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. Since President Aquino assumed office in 2010, the bureau has had three different directors – former police general Ernesto Diokno, Gaudencio Pangilinan, and current director Franklin Bucayu. Diokno and Pangilinan were removed after they were accused of being involved in anomalies in Bucor and the NBP.

ALSO: Maguindanao begins preparations for Sagayan fest

Local officials, the police and military are initiating security plans for the February 1-14 Sagayan Festival in the province. The festival, a yearly event, also seeks to celebrate the fragile peace now in what used to be a dangerous Maguindanao, and as thanksgiving for the gains of the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, officials of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division and its component-brigades discussed Friday in Buluan town the security measures needed to ward off saboteurs, and to protect guests including dignitaries, prospective investors, and national officials. The Sagayan is a centuries-old ethnic Maguindanon "war-and-courtship dance" depicting the group’s inclination to be at peace always with non-Maguindanaons, regardless of their religions and racial identities. Sagayan dancers also depict in their steps the readiness of native Maguindanaons to defend at all cost their lands, race, and Islam from any aggression.

REMATCH IS ON: Pacquiao gets $20M vs Bradley

Just days before their first meeting in June 2012, Timothy Bradley got up on stage and held high an oversized fight ticket announcing a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Bradley, as the whole world witnessed, won the fight, a highly controversial decision that forced promoter Bob Arum to call for an investigation. The decision stayed. The rest is history. Bradley, 30 years old and undefeated in 31 fights, immediately thought he deserved a second shot at Pacquiao but never did. Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Marquez instead, and got knocked out, then came off a long layoff to outclass Brandon Rios in Macau last November. Bradley, in turn, scored back-to-back victories, a scary one against Ruslan Provodnikov and an imposing win over Marquez. Because Marquez stopped Pacquiao and Bradley dominated Marquez, Arum worked on a rematch between his two fighters. It took a while to seal the deal because even if Pacquiao said last week he had agreed to the terms of the fight, Bradley only said “Yes” yesterday.

ALSO: Pacman challenge: Is Floyd listening?

A week ago, Pacquiao said he’s willing to fight Mayweather for charity. Pacquiao also told The STAR he’s serious with his latest challenge to Mayweather. “Hinahamon ko talaga siya,” he said. Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, recently spoke to Lem Satterfield of The Ring about the challenge, one that’s never been seen in the history of the sport. Pacquiao must have had enough of Mayweather saying he’s been chasing the American like a “desperate dog” because of his tax problems. “The fight would mean history, and Manny wants the fight with Floyd, and if that’s what the fans want, then that’s No. 1. No. 2, I don’t believe that it’s ever been done before where the entire purse has been given away to charity in a fight of this magnitude,” said Koncz. MORE AT PHNO-SP page....


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National Bilibid Prison now a ‘high-end subdivision’


Inmates drive a golf cart in the New Bilibid Prison’s maximum security compound in a photo taken earlier this month.

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MANILA, JANUARY 27, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Aie Balagtas See - The New Bilibid Prison (NBP) maximum security compound – which houses high-risk criminals serving life sentences – has reportedly evolved into a “high-end subdivision,” according to a source at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“You can’t help but ask if this is a prison or a subdivision for the rich,” said the official, who asked to remain anonymous.

The compound is in full view of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director’s office and outside its heavily guarded gates is the office of the superintendent.


New Bilibid Prison (NBP)’s control room

BuCor is under the direct supervision of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

Since President Aquino assumed office in 2010, the bureau has had three different directors – former police general Ernesto Diokno, Gaudencio Pangilinan, and current director Franklin Bucayu.

Diokno and Pangilinan were removed after they were accused of being involved in anomalies in Bucor and the NBP.

Golf carts

The official said the rich prisoners have their huts air-conditioned and enjoy expensive liquor and the company of sex workers, called “tilapia,” at night.

“The smuggling of contraband never stopped, and it has gotten worse,” he said.

Wealthy inmates are seen driving around the 12-hectare penitentiary in golf carts, electric motorcycles and tricyles.

“There are about 40 golf carts in the compound. How they were brought in, you be the judge,” the source said.

The use of golf carts started during the term of Pangilinan.

“BuCor employees used two golf carts. Now, inmates drive the golf carts. The visitors also use the carts when they do not want to walk,” the official said.

If moneyed prisoners want to visit a place in the compound, they drive golf carts or electric motorcycles. “The rich ones, particularly the Chinese, have poorer inmates drive for them,” the source said, adding that majority of vehicle owners were those convicted for drug trafficking and robbery. \

A little of everything

The poor inmates are clad in orange prison uniforms, while the rich prisoners go around in branded shirts either given by visitors or “bought at the dress shop.”

The source said the maximum security compound has its dress shops, wet and dry markets and fruit stands as well as a jazz bar, a plaza and a tennis court.

“If you want to go to these places, you can walk or ride tricycles queued behind the prison gates, waiting for passengers, mostly NBP visitors,” he said.

“For a ‘special’ ride, you are charged P60. If you share the tricycle, it’s P20 per head. Isn’t it just like a subdivision? If you are rich, you have a car or a golf cart. For poor visitors, they get tricycles,” the official added.

The source said alcohol and drugs continue to be brought into the NBP maximum security compound.

The sex workers charge P50,000 to P200,000 for their services. “Some of them are beautiful enough to be starlets on television,” the official said.

He said guns, ammunition, knives and grenades are like “toys” to the inmates. In 2012, a fragmentation grenade was lobbed at a group of prisoners who were jogging in the compound. Last year, three people were hurt when a grenade was lobbed in a mosque at the compound.

 
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FROM WIKIPEDIA

New Bilibid Prison

Façade of the current New Bilid Prison. Location Muntinlupa City, Philippines
Status Operational Security class
Maximum security Capacity 8,700
Opened 1940
Managed by Bureau of Corrections

The New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Philippines, is the main insular penitentiary designed to house the prison population of the Philippines. It is maintained by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) under the Department of Justice.

As of October 2004, it has an inmate population of 16,747. The penitentiary had an initial land area of 551 hectares.

One hundred four hectares of the facility were transferred to a housing project of the Department of Justice.

The Bureau of Corrections has its headquarters in the NBP Reservation.

History


THE OLD BILIBID PRISON IN 1900

The Old Bilibid Prison, then known as Carcel y Presidio Correccional (Spanish, "Correctional Jail and Military Prison") occupied a rectangular piece of land which was part of the Mayhalique Estate in the heart of Manila.

The old prison was established by the Spanish colonial government on 25 June 1865 via royal decree.

It is divided into two sections: the Carcel, which could accommodate 600 inmates; and the Presidio, which could hold 527 prisoners.

Due to increasing crime, the Philippine Government enacted Commonwealth Act No. 67 and a new prison was built in Muntinlupa on 551 hectares of land at an area considered at that time to be "remote".

Construction began in 1936 with a budget of one million pesos. In 1940, the prisoners, equipment and facilities were transferred to the new prison.

The remnants of the old facility was used by the City of Manila as its detention center then known as Manila City Jail. In 1941, the new facility was officially named "The New Bilibid Prison".

Recreation and facilities

The prisoners pass the time in the basketball court in the penitentiary's gymnasium and are also engaged in the production of handicrafts.

Various religious denominations are active in the prison, with masses said daily in the prison's Catholic chapel.

These religious groups, such as the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Amazing Grace Christian ministries, Philippine Jesuit Prison Service and Caritas Manila, also extend medical services to prisoners.

Educational facilities inside the compound provide elementary education, high school education, vocational training and adult literacy programs.

It also provides a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce. The New Bilibid Prison also houses a talipapa (market) where the prisoners can buy commodities.

Katarungan Village

On 5 September 1991, President Corazon C. Aquino issued Presidential Proclamation No. 792, which was amended by Presidential Proclamation No. 120 on 15 December 1992, to the effect that 104.22 hectares of land be developed into housing for employees of the Department of Justice and other government agencies.

This housing project is known as the Katarungan ("Justice") Village.

Maguindanao begins preparations for Sagayan fest (philstar.com) | Updated January 25, 2014 - 4:00pm 0 6 googleplus0 0


Cultural dancers rehearse the centuries-old Sagayan dance in preparation for the forthcoming February 1-14 Sagayan Festival in Maguindanao, to be held in Buluan town in the second district of the province. JOHN UNSON

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- Local officials, the police and military are initiating security plans for the February 1-14 Sagayan Festival in the province.

The festival, a yearly event, also seeks to celebrate the fragile peace now in what used to be a dangerous Maguindanao, and as thanksgiving for the gains of the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, officials of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division and its component-brigades discussed Friday in Buluan town the security measures needed to ward off saboteurs, and to protect guests including dignitaries, prospective investors, and national officials.

The Sagayan is a centuries-old ethnic Maguindanon "war-and-courtship dance" depicting the group’s inclination to be at peace always with non-Maguindanaons, regardless of their religions and racial identities. Sagayan dancers also depict in their steps the readiness of native Maguindanaons to defend at all cost their lands, race, and Islam from any aggression.

Mangudadatu told reporters this year’s Sagayan Festival will also highlight the political and investment climate in Maguindanao in recent years.

No single armed encounter has been recorded between government forces and MILF guerrillas in any town in the province in the past four years.

Investors, among them Puerto Rican capitalists, and Malaysian merchants, have been frequenting the province lately in preparation for their planned investment in Cavendish banana plantations, and oil palm farms, respectively.

Maguindanao is a known bastion of the MILF, where it has dozens of enclaves scattered in the area's 36 towns.

“We have so much to celebrate and thank for,” Mangudadatu told reporters.

Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesman of 6th ID, said the division is ready to provide a battalion of soldiers to secure the festival.

Most activities during the festival will also showcase Maguindanaon traditions, particularly those pertaining to camaraderie, hospitality, and the resilience of its residents.

The term Maguindanaon means “people of the perennially flooded plains,” or the Moro communities in the marshy ilod (downstream area) and raya (upper delta) of Central Mindanao, around the Liguasan Marsh, which is the world's largest and said to have vast deposits of natural gas and oil.

The Sagayan Festival was pioneered by Mangudadatu after his first election as governor in 2010. The culmination of the festival coincides with the birthday of his spouse, the late Genalyn, one of the 58 people that perished in the November 23, 2009 “Maguindanao Massacre”.

Mangudadatu said he is thankful to the Maguindanao provincial board, led by its presiding chairman, Vice Gov. Lester Sinsuat, for recently drafting a resolution institutionalizing the Sagayan Festival as a yearly event.

The resolution also allocated at least P7 million yearly grant to fund the activity.

Board Member Bobby Katambak, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s committee on appropriations, said the governor, for the purpose of streamlining the use of funds allocated for the annual festival, decided to fuse the celebration with the yearly November 5 to 22 commemoration of the founding anniversary of the province.

Katambak said the provincial board separately allocated P7 million for Maguindanao’s yearly founding anniversary celebration.

Katambak said Maguindanaon folks will start celebrating the fused Sagayan Festival and the founding anniversary of the province in November of 2015. - John Unson

REMATCH IS ON: Pacquiao gets $20M vs Bradley By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 27, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Just days before their first meeting in June 2012, Timothy Bradley got up on stage and held high an oversized fight ticket announcing a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.

Bradley, as the whole world witnessed, won the fight, a highly controversial decision that forced promoter Bob Arum to call for an investigation.

The decision stayed. The rest is history.

Bradley, 30 years old and undefeated in 31 fights, immediately thought he deserved a second shot at Pacquiao but never did.

Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Marquez instead, and got knocked out, then came off a long layoff to outclass Brandon Rios in Macau last November.

Bradley, in turn, scored back-to-back victories, a scary one against Ruslan Provodnikov and an imposing win over Marquez.

Because Marquez stopped Pacquiao and Bradley dominated Marquez, Arum worked on a rematch between his two fighters.

It took a while to seal the deal because even if Pacquiao said last week he had agreed to the terms of the fight, Bradley only said “Yes” yesterday

In no time, Top Rank made the announcement. The fight will take place April 12 at the MGM in Las Vegas, and there will be a press conferences in Los Angeles on Feb. 4 and New York on Feb. 6.

Bradley gets the rematch he wanted when actually it’s Pacquiao who wants to get even.

“I want to get the title back,” said Pacquiao, the former WBO welterweight title.

Reports said Pacquiao will get $20 million for the fight, $6 million less than what he got the last time while Bradley is getting $6 million this time or $1 million more.

As part of the deal, Bradley also agreed to a contract extension with Top Rank.

“They gave me everything I asked for. I’m not going to get this kind of a deal anywhere else. I’m satisfied and ready to move forward with my career and to fight Manny Pacquiao again,” he told The Ring.

The loss to Bradley led to another loss to Marquez, and Pacquiao was stripped of his pound-for-pound title and some of the luster, too.

His crushing knockout against Marquez, when he lay motionless on the canvas for a minute or so, raised concerns about his health or whether he should retire.

Many thought Pacquiao is done, no longer the same and will never be the same.

But he fought Rios in Macau, and was impressive against the younger, heavier Mexican-American who vowed to send the Filipino into retirement.

Because he was so dominant against Rios, talks of a fight with Floyd Mayweather swirled, and on the side, Pacquiao’s tax woes.

Pacquiao said he was ready to fight Mayweather under any condition, before any anti-doping body, and even challenged the American, now the pound-for-pound and pay-per-view king, to fight for charity.

Nothing is expected to come out of it because Mayweather won’t fight for free. To him, boxing is business. Giving to charity is another thing.

Mayweather will soon name his opponent for May 3, and the stars point to British Amir Khan.

Pacquiao felt he won the first fight against Bradley, and in April he gets the chance to prove himself, and may not leave fate in the hands of the judges.

If Pacquiao wins impressively or scores a knockout against Bradley, then it would lead to one thing: the resumption of talks for a Mayweather fight.

Arum is beaming with excitement. He said the first fight is history, and expects the sequel to be more entertaining for the fans.

The 2012 showdown generated around 800,000 pay-per-view hits, and Arum thinks it will be surpassed if not at least equaled.

The rematch is on.

Pacman challenge: Is Floyd listening? By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 25, 2014 - 12:00am 17 28 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Top Rank chief Bob Arum is all set to announce the rematch between resurgent Manny Pacquiao and undefeated Timothy Bradley.

Once the announcement comes, Arum and his team will work on the press tour that will have stops in Los Angeles and New York.

Pacquiao told The STAR he has chosen Bradley as his opponent on April 12 in Las Vegas although the final details are still being discussed.

Pacquiao will then head to Los Angeles to train for his first fight of the year and just over four months after his triumphant return to boxing.

The 35-year-old Filipino icon lost twice in 2012 against Bradley and Marquez then took an 11-month layoff before scoring an impressive win over Brandon Rios.

As he stayed off the ring, Bradley outpointed Marquez to keep the WBO welterweight crown he and a couple of judges snatched from Pacquiao.

The rematch will give Pacquiao the chance to avenge the loss.

But while there’s a Bradley fight to look forward to, people will continue to talk about the superfight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

The next time Pacquiao faces the media, questions about the Mayweather fight may outweigh those concerning Bradley.

A week ago, Pacquiao said he’s willing to fight Mayweather for charity.

Pacquiao also told The STAR he’s serious with his latest challenge to Mayweather.

“Hinahamon ko talaga siya,” he said.

Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, recently spoke to Lem Satterfield of The Ring about the challenge, one that’s never been seen in the history of the sport.

Pacquiao must have had enough of Mayweather saying he’s been chasing the American like a “desperate dog” because of his tax problems.

“The fight would mean history, and Manny wants the fight with Floyd, and if that’s what the fans want, then that’s No. 1. No. 2, I don’t believe that it’s ever been done before where the entire purse has been given away to charity in a fight of this magnitude,” said Koncz.

“Manny is dead serious about that, and he’s willing to do it. I spoke to Manny tonight and he said ‘with both of us being wealthy, it’s our turn to pay back the people and to give to the less fortunate.’ That’s a quote from Manny. This is a statement that Manny has made that’s sincere,” he added.

If only Mayweather would agree, then the fight can happen later this year or early in 2015. Pacquiao also said he’s willing to take the drug tests.

“The drug testing is not an issue. There is nobody getting paid. The promoters would be allowed to withdraw their expenses, and the purses would go to legitimate charities,” Koncz told The Ring.

But is Mayweather listening?


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