Prison head sacked over treatment of VIP inmate
MANILA, Philippines – New Bilibid Prison (NBP) superintendent Fajardo Lansangan was relieved Wednesday, June 4, over the mishandling of the health needs of a high-profile inmate.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Francisco "Toti" Baraan III said in a phone interview that Lansangan and 12 prison guards were sacked by Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Franklin Jesus Bucayu, upon the recommendation of his office.
The BuCor – which maintains the NBP – is an agency under the DOJ. The NBP is the country's main penitentiary.
Lansangan and the 12 prison guards were relieved for mishandling the offsite hospital confinement of convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata, who is suffering from a lung disease.
Camata, also the commander of prison gang Sigue Sigue Sputnik, was allegedly visited and accompanied for the night by entertainers during his stay at the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila.
Baraan's office is continuing the investigation into the favored treatment of Camata. His office is set to submit the full report to DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday, June 6.
He added that he also ordered the doctors within the NBP to explain why Camata was allowed to leave the prison premises to seek medical attention. – Rappler.com
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