Guevarra confirms NBP blast, probe now underway

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday confirmed the early morning explosion inside the Maximum Security Compound in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

In a message to reporters, Guevarra disclosed the Bureau of Corrections and Philippine National Police will conduct the investigation.

“The DOJ oversight team has directed the BUCOR chief to submit a written report and to commence investigation in coordination with the PNP contingent stationed at the NBP,” Guevarra said.

An improvised explosive device exploded on Friday morning. No one was reported injured, according to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

The blast occurred while prison officers were conducting clearing operations to dismantle illegal structures at Quadrant 4.

Initial report disclosed that two hand grenades and two blasting caps were found in one of the huts near the blast site.

The BuCoalong with contingent from the Special Action Force and Philippine Army in NBP have been combing the facility of illegal contrabands since Tuesday

Seized were undetermined quantity of drugs, weapons, and cellular phones.

Newly-appointed BuCor chief Gerald Bantag led the clearing operation.

According to Bantag, these illegal structures mostly makeshift huts serve as the storage areas of inmates in hiding their contrabands such as illegal drugs, cellular phones, and weapons from prison officers.

As head of BuCor, Bantag will be in charge of seven other prison facilities – the NBP, Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City, Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Davao del Norte, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan, San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City, Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, and the Leyte Regional Prison in Southern Leyte.

Bantag once served the Parañaque and Manila City Jails.

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