PH PRISON SANDAL: STARLET W/ CONVICTED DRUG LORD IN HOSPITAL ROOM

If convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata was indeed in a life-threatening situation such that he had to be immediately brought to a private hospital outside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), then why was he allowed to have a starlet and two reported dancers as guests inside his room? Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III posed the question in an interview on ANC's "Top Story" on Thursday as he stressed that only close family members of a hospitalized inmate should be allowed by prison authorities to visit. "Eh bakit may mga bisita pang babae doon? Nakakapagtaka na ang isang pasyente na inmate na may karamdaman na kailangan i-refer sa hospital ay may mga ganung bisita," Baraan said. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage from the Metropolitan Hospital where Camata was admitted last May 28 showed starlet Krista Miller entering his room on the evening of May 31. Miller went inside Camata's hospital room at 7:24 p.m. and stayed there until 8:21 p.m. On June 1, two other female reported dancers also gave Camata a visit. "That alone is a breach of our very strict protocols in the NBP," said Baraan. READ MORE...

ALSO: National Bilibid Prison head sacked amid VIP prisoner scandal

New Bilibid Prison (NBP) superintendent Fajardo Lansangan has been sacked following reports of special treatment being given to high-profile convicts. A radio report said Department of Justice (DOJ) undersecretary Francisco Baraan announced on Wednesday that Lansangan was removed from his post for negligence of duty. ‎INQUIRER.net earlier reported that ‎a convicted drug lord and leader of Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang was rushed to Metropolitan Medical Center in Manila due to a lung ailment. But a police source said “a starlet and television dancers” were able to visit and even spend the night inside Camata’s hospital ward. The DOJ launched a probe on Tuesday to look into Camata’s stay in the hospital. Earlier Wednesday, a Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) official told INQUIRER.net‎ that 12 NBP custodial guards of Camata are being investigated for allowing the illegal visit.
It was also reported by a police source that several golf carts and electronic bikes were found inside the Maximum Security compound of Bilibid. But the BuCor clarified that these were not used by alleged VIP inmates for leisure, but the vehicles were for patrolling and transporting visitors inside the nine-hectare compound.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Golf carts, e-motorcycles found inside Bilibid’s maximum security compound

Amid reports of special treatment given to high-profile convicts, ‎the Department of Justice (DOJ) discovered 30 golf carts and electronic motorcycles (e-motorcycles) inside New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Tuesday. A police source, who requested anonymity, said that Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) personnel brought out several golf cart units and e-motorcycles placed inside the Maximum Security compound around 10 a.m. ‎The source said in a text message that some of the golf carts and motorcycles were turned over to the relatives of prisoners. ‎The remaining golf carts and motorcycles were placed “beside the stage of the playground near the office of the Escorting Unit” ‎outside the Maximum Security compound. The source said the discovery came during BuCor’s preparation for the forthcoming investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at NBP. The investigation was initiated by the DOJ amid reports of VIP treatment given to high-profile inmates inside Bilibid. It was earlier reported that convicted drug lord Ricardo “Chacha” Camata, commander of the notorious Sigue Sigue Sputnik Gang, brought in a “starlet and TV dancers” inside his hospital room at Metropolitan Hospital in Manila where he was rushed last weekend due to a lung ailment.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: NBP chief, 12 others relieved over 'VIP inmates'

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the relief of New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Chief Supt. Fajardo Lansangan and 12 jail guards over the alleged special treatment being given to high-profile inmates, one of whom even had starlet Krista Miller as a guest in his room at a private hospital. Lansangan will be replaced by Supt. Robert Rabo, according to Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III. Baraan, who was tasked by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to look into the reports, went to the NBP on Wednesday to know why Lansangan and the jail guards allowed the inmates to seek treatment in private hospitals without de Lima's consent. Convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata, leader of the Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang, is one of the inmates at the NBP's maximum security compound who were taken to private hospitals in May. Camata was admitted to the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila to allegedly receive treatment for a lung ailment. But, according to Baraan, he finds this highly questionable since, after checking on Camata at the hospital, the inmate appeared to be even stronger and healthier than him. Speaking to radio dzMM on Wednesday afternoon, Baraan said he went to the Metropolitan Hospital yesterday to personally look at the footage of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed right in front of Camata's room. "Kumbaga sapul na sapul... Nakita namin doon yung hindi magandang behavior contact ng ating mga prison guards. Hindi sila professional talaga," he said. MILLER, 2 OTHER WOMEN VISITED CAMATA...READ MORE...


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MANILA, JUNE 9, 2014
(ABS-CBN)
 by Kathlyn dela Cruz - If convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata was indeed in a life-threatening situation such that he had to be immediately brought to a private hospital outside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), then why was he allowed to have a starlet and two reported dancers as guests inside his room?

Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III posed the question in an interview on ANC's "Top Story" on Thursday as he stressed that only close family members of a hospitalized inmate should be allowed by prison authorities to visit.

"Eh bakit may mga bisita pang babae doon? Nakakapagtaka na ang isang pasyente na inmate na may karamdaman na kailangan i-refer sa hospital ay may mga ganung bisita," Baraan said.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage from the Metropolitan Hospital where Camata was admitted last May 28 showed starlet Krista Miller entering his room on the evening of May 31.

Miller went inside Camata's hospital room at 7:24 p.m. and stayed there until 8:21 p.m.

On June 1, two other female reported dancers also gave Camata a visit.

"That alone is a breach of our very strict protocols in the NBP," said Baraan.

"Naging guest daw yan (Miller) one time sa parang Mayflower Sagala Festival sa Bilibid. Siya raw ay nandoon, inimbitahan ni Camata. Even then, kahit na kilala na, hindi pa rin dapat pinayagan na bumisita yan," he told ABS-CBN News.

NO EMERGENCY

Camata, who is an inmate at the NBP's maximum security compound, was taken to the Metropolitan Hospital even without the consent of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima supposedly due to an "emergency" situation.

It is the protocol of the NBP to secure de Lima's clearance first before allowing the outside hospitalization of an inmate unless the case is an emergency, meaning it is a matter of life and death.

According to Baraan, he has asked Bilibid officials and doctors to explain why they decided to refer Camata to a hospital outside the NBP even if he only needed to consult doctors about his lung ailment.

"Eh kung consultation lang, hindi yun emergency," he stressed, adding that the CCTV footage even showed a "very strong" and not an ailing Camata.

"Gusto naming malaman kung tama yung kanilang recommendation kasi pwede abusuhin yan eh," he said.

NBP spokesperson Supt. Celso Bravo, however, maintained that the prison hospital does not have all the necessary equipment for some of the inmates' medical needs.

"Dahil wala pong equipment ang aming hospital para i-conduct yun pong mga laboratory test at wala rin po kaming mga espesyalista," Bravo told ABS-CBN News.

PRISON GUARDS WERE CAMATA's 'BUDDIES'

Meanwhile, Baraan also pointed out that Camata's prison guards "lacked professionalism" in securing the inmate, adding that they even looked like "buddies" as shown in the CCTV video.

"Buddy buddy sila kay Camata eh, they allowed him to get in and out of his room," he said.

The guards also just let the visitors go inside Camata's room without even asking them to sign a logbook or inspecting their bags, he added.

NBP Chief Supt. Fajardo Lansangan and 12 jail guards have been relieved of their posts due to the incidents.

The justice undersecretary said they may also file criminal charges against Lansangan and the 12 others, in addition to administrative raps.

At least two other high-profile inmates -- alleged bank robbery gang leader Herbert Colangco and another drug lord Armin Buratong -- were also taken to private hospitals last month.

Meanwhile, Baraan said they they are currently studying how to improve the country's prison system.

"Kasi ngayon, yung ating kulungan diyan talagang kung titingnan ng experts from abroad, iba talaga, hindi siya papasa sa kanilang mga standard," he said.

He said they are also looking at the proposal to transfer the NBP facility to Laur, Nueva Ecija, believing that it will help prevent rich inmates from getting VIP treatment from prison officials and guards. -- With a report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

FROM THE INQUIRER

National Bilibid Prison head sacked amid VIP prisoner scandal
By Julliane Love De Jesus INQUIRER.net 5:57 pm | Wednesday, June 4th, 2014


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MANILA, Philippines – New Bilibid Prison (NBP) superintendent Fajardo Lansangan has been sacked following reports of special treatment being given to high-profile convicts.

A radio report said Department of Justice (DOJ) undersecretary Francisco Baraan announced on Wednesday that Lansangan was removed from his post for negligence of duty.

‎INQUIRER.net earlier reported that ‎a convicted drug lord and leader of Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang was rushed to Metropolitan Medical Center in Manila due to a lung ailment.

But a police source said “a starlet and television dancers” were able to visit and even spend the night inside Camata’s hospital ward.

The DOJ launched a probe on Tuesday to look into Camata’s stay in the hospital.

Earlier Wednesday, a Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) official told INQUIRER.net‎ that 12 NBP custodial guards of Camata are being investigated for allowing the illegal visit.

It was also reported by a police source that several golf carts and electronic bikes were found inside the Maximum Security compound of Bilibid.

But the BuCor clarified that these were not used by alleged VIP inmates for leisure, but the vehicles were for patrolling and transporting visitors inside the nine-hectare compound.

Golf carts, e-motorcycles found inside Bilibid’s maximum security compound INQUIRER.net 5:51 pm | Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
 


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MANILA, Philippines – Amid reports of special treatment given to high-profile convicts, ‎the Department of Justice (DOJ) discovered 30 golf carts and electronic motorcycles (e-motorcycles) inside New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Tuesday.

A police source, who requested anonymity, said that Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) personnel brought out several golf cart units and e-motorcycles placed inside the Maximum Security compound around 10 a.m.

‎The source said in a text message that some of the golf carts and motorcycles were turned over to the relatives of prisoners.

‎The remaining golf carts and motorcycles were placed “beside the stage of the playground near the office of the Escorting Unit” ‎outside the Maximum Security compound.

The source said the discovery came during BuCor’s preparation for the forthcoming investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at NBP.

The investigation was initiated by the DOJ amid reports of VIP treatment given to high-profile inmates inside Bilibid.

It was earlier reported that convicted drug lord Ricardo “Chacha” Camata, commander of the notorious Sigue Sigue Sputnik Gang, brought in a “starlet and TV dancers” inside his hospital room at Metropolitan Hospital in Manila where he was rushed last weekend due to a lung ailment.

FROM ABS-CBN

NBP chief, 12 others relieved over 'VIP inmates' by Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 06/04/2014 6:15 PM | Updated as of 06/04/2014 8:48 PM

Krista Miller was drug lord's guest in hospital room, Baraan says

MANILA (UPDATED) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the relief of New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Chief Supt. Fajardo Lansangan and 12 jail guards over the alleged special treatment being given to high-profile inmates, one of whom even had starlet Krista Miller as a guest in his room at a private hospital.

Lansangan will be replaced by Supt. Robert Rabo, according to Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III.

Baraan, who was tasked by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to look into the reports, went to the NBP on Wednesday to know why Lansangan and the jail guards allowed the inmates to seek treatment in private hospitals without de Lima's consent.

Convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata, leader of the Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang, is one of the inmates at the NBP's maximum security compound who were taken to private hospitals in May.

Camata was admitted to the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila to allegedly receive treatment for a lung ailment.

But, according to Baraan, he finds this highly questionable since, after checking on Camata at the hospital, the inmate appeared to be even stronger and healthier than him.

Speaking to radio dzMM on Wednesday afternoon, Baraan said he went to the Metropolitan Hospital yesterday to personally look at the footage of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed right in front of Camata's room.

"Kumbaga sapul na sapul... Nakita namin doon yung hindi magandang behavior contact ng ating mga prison guards. Hindi sila professional talaga," he said.

MILLER, 2 OTHER WOMEN VISITED CAMATA

Baraan confirmed reports that on May 31, a starlet who the jail guards and Camata himself identified as Krista Miller, along with two men, went inside the inmate's hospital room without being frisked by the guards.

"Ni hindi man lang nila kinapkapan, hindi kinuha yung pangalan, hindi ni-logbook nung pagpasok at paglabas. Si Camata ayun, sumalubong siya. Ang lakas-lakas niya. Eh akala ko ba siya ay between life and death, eh mas malakas pa sa kabayo ang itsura niya," Baraan said.

"Yung babae na yun si Krista Miller... Sinabi ng mga jail guards tapos inamin daw ni Camata sa mga investigator ng BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) na siya nga yung guest niya sa araw na yun," he added.

Miller made the headlines last year after she was accused by actress Sunshine Cruz of having an affair with her husband, actor Cesar Montano.

Baraan said Miller stayed for more than an hour in the room, where Camata was also allegedly seen holding a mobile phone and being left by his guards.

"Si Camata naka-cellphone tumatawag-tawag, nagte-text, iniiwan-iwan. Meron siyang katabing stairs pababa. He could have easily escaped kung ginusto niya."

"Tapos ano bang laman nung bag ng Miller na yun? Baka may drugs, hindi natin alam," he said.

The alleged special treatment being showered on Camata did not stop there.

On June 1, Baraan said 2 women were again brought inside his room. The women were accompanied by one of the two men who came with Miller the previous day.

The women were also not frisked by the prison guards, and they did not register on any logbook, he said.

"In fact, one of them stayed up to the wee hours of the morning, inumaga siya," he said.

According to Baraan, he has asked doctors and nurses at the NBP Hospital to explain why they recommended that Camata be brought to a private hospital even without de Lima's consent.

He stressed that inmates should only be allowed to be hospitalized outside the NBP facility if it is an emergency, meaning if it is a matter of life and death.

"Kung emergency yun, bakit, eh ang layo-layo ng BuCor sa Metropolitan Hospital. More than 1 hour na biyahe yun eh," he said.

He said Camata was returned to the NBP on Monday, June 2. "Malakas naman [siya]."

INMATES' 'LUXURIOUS LIFESTYLES'

Meanwhile, the justice undersecretary said he will also go to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang, and Medical City, where two other high-profile inmates were brought to, to look at their CCTV footage.

Herbert Colangco, the alleged leader of a bank robbery gang responsible for a series of robberies in Pampanga, Quezon City, and Paranaque between 2003 and 2005, and is believed to be allied with the Waray Waray and Ozamis robbery gangs, was brought to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang for urinary tract infection.

Drug lord Amin Buratong, meanwhile, who used to operate the P900-million shabu tiangge in Pasig City, was taken to Medical City due to recurring coronary artery disease and a liver ailment.

Baraan said they will also look into reports that some convicted drug lords have luxurious lifestyles inside their prison cells.

Chief Insp. Roque Merdegia Jr., head of the Philippine National Police's Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) Legal and Investigation Division, on Tuesday said some inmates have luxury items like flat screen television sets, air-conditioners, and mobile phones in their cells.

Merdegia said that although there is no available network signal inside prison cells, one convicted drug lord was able to use his mobile phone inside his cell, with his own network connection.

He also said that they received reports that some convicted drug lords continue their illegal activities even inside the prison. -- With report from Henry Atuelan, dzMM


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