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IED explodes inside New Bilibid Prison

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) An explosion hits the New Bilibid Prison's Maximum Security Compound Friday morning

Workers use heavy equipment as they dismantle illegal structures as ordered by newly installed BuCor chief Gerald Bantag and NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 9, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: BuCor, police demolish shanties in Bilibid

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:35 PM

'Hindi naman natin iniintindi 'yung galit nila kasi wala naman silang karapatan, pribilehiyo lang 'yan na inabuso,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag

DEMOLTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the demolition of illegally-built shanties inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Bilibid hospital chief says 20% of maximum security inmates die every year

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:06 PM

That means around 5,200 maximum security inmates die every year due to contagious diseases, natural causes, and stab wounds

THOUSANDS DIE. New Bilibid hospital director CTSSupt Ernesto Tamayo says thousands of inmates die every year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bilibid inmates file 1st Supreme Court case vs new GCTA IRR

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:13 AM

(UPDATED) The petitioners argue the DOJ's new internal rules amount to executive legislation and violate equal protection

PETITION VS GCTA IRR. Inmates of the New Bilibid Prison file a petition for certiorari and prohibition against the DOJ's new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ: 2,139 GCTA-freed convicts back in jail

Sep 21, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Department of Justice says 130 more previously released convicts have surrendered to authorities on Saturday morning, September 21, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order

REARREST. Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Qualified convicts surrender, won't leave Bilibid without clearance

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

RE-ARREST. Some convicts who are qualified for early release also surrender and are refusing to leave the New Bilibid Prison without a certification. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bilibid hospital has no showers, uses drums instead

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:24 PM

'One hour in the morning and afternoon, parang buhos-buhos lang,' says Ernesto Tamayo, prison hospital director for health services, on time inmates have to shower

PRISON. The New Bilibid Prison in Muntilupa. File photo by Rappler

Ex-Bilibid inmate: I saw dozens of 'strong' prisoners in jail hospital

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:41 PM

Former Bilibid inmate Jose Galario Jr says high-profile inmates kept cooks and watchmen inside the Bilibid hospital

NEW WITNESS. Jose Galario Jr former mayor of Valencia, Bukidnon and former police officer, and his daughter Miss Greizl G. Fernandez, take turns in informing the panel how they bribed a Bilibid hospital doctor. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor officer survives Bilibid knife attack

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The Department of Justice says the attacking prisoner suffers from schizophrenia

VIOLENCE IN BILIBID. A stabbing incident occurs inside the New Bilibid Prison hours before a Senate hearing on corruption that persists inside the prison facility. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NBI ordered to probe 'hospital pass for sale' scheme in Bilibid

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered an investigation and case buildup following news of inmates who cough up money to use hospital facilities even though they're not sick

ANOTHER PROBE. The DOJ orders the NBI to order a new scheme to circumvent the country's prison system. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

With smuggled phones, drug lords 'still control operations' from Bilibid

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says detained drug lords still manage to have cell phones, while some inmates 'post openly' on Facebook too, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson

DRUGS. VACC president Arsenio Evangelista says the war on drugs is bound to fail if drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison still have access to their phones. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Gusto kong maiyak sa galit': Faeldon says first time to hear GCTA for sale claim

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Dismissed Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon claims no knowledge of the alleged anomaly in the agency that he headed for almost a year

SACKED. Two former BuCor chiefs now senator Ronald dela Rosa, right, and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon chat minutes before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'I can soundly sleep,' says Faeldon after sacking

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the dismissal of Nicanor Faeldon is an 'initial step to prevent the spread of a dangerous wildfire'

GOODBYE. Sacked Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon bids goodbye to his staff immediately after President Rodrigo Duterte fired him over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez. Photo courtesy of Jose Diño

Duterte to decide fate of Faeldon, BuCor officials after GCTA law hearings

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says while the hearings are going on, its status quo for Faeldon and the other Bureau of Corrections officials

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Good conduct time allowance may be for sale inside Bilibid – Hontiveros

Sep 02, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Faeldon says he does not believe he should resign

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson: Some convicts in Chiong sisters murder case now out of prison

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) The senator says the release order was signed by somebody else, when the only person authorized to sign it was Bureau of Corrections Director Nicanor Faeldon

CHIONG MURDER. The Chiong family reacting to the life imprisonment sentence in 1999. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Robot

Lacson says 4 Chinese drug lords released from Bilibid in June

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Immigration says the 4 Chinese nationals are currently detained in their warden's facility for deportation

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Amid Sanchez news, senators split on amending reduced prison term law

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III wants to amend the Good Conduct Time Allowance law to exclude heinous crime convicts, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon disagrees

MAXIMUM SECURITY. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Retroactive law can slash 1990s convicts' jail terms by up to 19 years

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The retroactive application of the law on Good Conduct Time Allowance will result in the mass release of around 11,000 Bilibid inmates

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Bilibid: A semblance of Paradise

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Bilibid is a prison, but it is a community – a community even more alive than the noiseless, walled, camera-secured, and luxurious villages we all aspire to live in

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FALSE: Video of De Lima 'partying in Bilibid'

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:10 PM

The video is actually of Senator Leila de Lima celebrating her 56th birthday in August 2015 at the quadrangle of the Department of Justice, when she was still DOJ secretary

De Lima wants court to charge Bilibid convicts in drug cases

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:56 AM

‘It would be a complete travesty of justice should the Honorable Court sanction the arbitrary and wrongful exclusion from the Information of those who had actual participation in the illegal drug trade,’ says De Lima

DRUG CASE. Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima attends the hearing of her drug case inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) court on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

Sandiganbayan sends former DPWH exec to Bilibid

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:05 PM

The anti-graft court says it cannot grant the request of former DPWH Bicol regional director Eleno Colinares Jr to be confined in a hospital for cancer treatment

BILIBID. This file photo shows the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: 'The Butcher' is home no more

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Once a decorated military general, Jovito Palparan is now just one among thousands of convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison

INSIDE BILIBID. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Reception and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Suffer in prison? Palparan says he 'enjoys' Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:41 PM

'Hindi naman ako nahihirapan kasi mababait ang nakakulong dito,' says retired military general Jovito Palparan during his first morning at the national penitentiary

HAPPY IN JAIL. General Jovito Palparan inside his cell at Recreational and Diagnostic Center of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on 4 October 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No VIP treatment for Palparan in Bilibid

Oct 04, 2018 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'Kung kailangan niyang matulog sa karton, sa karton siya matulog,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa

'THE BUTCHER' IN BILIBID. Retired Major General Jovito Palparan shares a quarantine jail facility with 37 other convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

No budget to build new prisons, only additional beds for prisoners

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:49 PM

The request of the Bureau of Corrections for an additional P5 billion budget to build 6 new prisons is turned down

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Palparan to be moved to Bilibid soon – DOJ

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The earliest would be morning of Thursday, October 4, says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why Palparan still sleeps at 'home' and not Bilibid

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) Instead of detaining 'The Butcher' in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, the military continues to keep Jovito Palparan in its custody

GUILTY. Jovito Palparan remains detained inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Carlo Gabuco / Rappler

Lawyers press military to transfer Palparan to Bilibid

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) The military says that pending the appeal of Palparan's conviction, they will keep custody of the former general

Former AFP General Jovito Palparan being escorted by military during promulgation at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on September 17, 2018. Palparan was guilty on Kidnapping for Serious Illegal Detention. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bilibid security officer shot dead in Muntinlupa

Sep 02, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Inspector Romel Reyes is killed by an unidentified gunman along NBP Road

IN NUMBERS: The inmates of New Bilibid Prison

May 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Here's a snapshot of the Philippines' controversial national penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison

BILIBID INMATES. Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa wants to move Bilibid to Nueva Ecija

May 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

'Kung ako, oo, gusto ko talagang mag-gawa ng mega-facility na brand new. Solved na ang problema ko wala na akong problema kung merong gano'n,' says the BuCor chief

TRANSFER EYED. BuCor chief Ronald dela Rosa wants to bring Bilibid to Nueva Ecija. Photo by Angie dela Rosa/Rappler

Conclusion: Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A holistic solution is necessary. There is a need to address the problems of overcrowding, the lack of qualified personnel, and the inadequacy of resources.

Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Being a BuCor chief, and with your closeness to the President, you will be in the best position to advocate for small regional prisons

Dela Rosa to Bilibid SAF: 'If you accept bribes, I'll shoot you'

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:15 PM

'Kayo na pinakamagaling, malinis, at matino at inaasahan ng PNP– kung kayo ay masisira, wala na akong mapupuntahan,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa tells the new batch of SAF troopers assigned to the New Bilibid Prison

THREAT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives an ultimatum to new SAF troopers assigned inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dela Rosa wants to clean up Bureau of Corrections

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:28 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says his two mistahs from the Philippine Military Academy will help fix problems at the Bureau of Corrections

CLASS OF 1986. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa happens to belong to the first PMA class to graduate after the EDSA Revolution. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Bloodless anti-drug campaign as BuCor chief? 'Depends' – Dela Rosa

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Asked if he’s accepting the post, the former Davao City police chief’s answer comes easily: Who am I to refuse the president?

'Don't let Duterte's minions use you,' De Lima tells new state witness Ragos

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:26 PM

'Magpakatotoo sila. Magpakalalaki sila,' detained senator Leila de Lima tells her co-accused in the drug case, one of whom has turned witness against her

DRUG CASES. Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017. Rappler file photo

PDEA sets up an office inside Bilibid

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) The office is located a few hundred meters away from the compound's iconic reserve, where prisoners are kept

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Inside Bilibid: Resurgence, resignation, 'recanting'

Jul 29, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says these developments only prove the transactional nature of the drug charges against her

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

3 witnesses vs De Lima moved back to Bilibid maximum security compound

Jul 28, 2017 - 12:07 PM

The group Kabalikat urges Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II not to transfer the witnesses as this may affect the drug cases against detained Senator Leila de Lima

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jul 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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Aguirre takes over BuCor, leads surprise inspection of Bilibid

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also orders the return of transferred inmates to their original jail cells

OPLAN GALUGAD. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II conducts Oplan Galugad inside Bilibid on July 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

BuCor chief Benjamin de los Santos resigns

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED Issue about resurgence of drug trade has made me irrelevant Benjamin de los Santos says in a text message to reporters

DOJ orders parallel NBI probe into Bilibid inmate's death

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also orders the Bureau of Corrections to submit an initial report on the incident

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jul 05, 2017 - 11:45 AM

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NBI to investigate 'resurgence' of Bilibid drug trade

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:41 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says he plans to replace the Special Action Force troops with soldiers inside Bilibid

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jul 04, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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