NBI to probe ‘hospital pass for sale’ in Bilibid

The Department of Justice will order the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a formal probe into the reported sale of hospital referral official pass to inmates allegedly by Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officials.

The hospital passes for sale was allegedly to facilitate transfer of inmates to the hospital or medical facilities due to their purported medical condition.

“Yes, we will ask the NBI to investigate and do case build up regarding the hospital pass for sale,” Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco, member of the Interim Oversight Committee of BuCor, said.

Reports have it that inmates who have money can buy their way out of the congested jails into the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) hospital in the guise of being sick.

It was learned that bigtime drug lords, including those detained at the maximum security compound, have taken advantage of this passes to get out of jail.

The “fee” for the hospital referral pass will take care of tampered medical record, which will make it appear that the inmate is sick and should be transferred to a less-congested facility “for health reasons.”

The report came in the wake of the good conduct time allowance fiasco which allowed close to 2,000 inmates to be prematurely released.

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon due to the controversy and ordered all freed inmates to return to the New Bilibid Prisons.

The issue on the GCTA started after former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez was supposed to be released from prison last week.

This was because of a new law increasing the GCTA of prisoners (Republic Act 10592), and a recent Supreme Court decision applying this law retroactively.

Sanchez was convicted for the 1993 rape and murder of University of the Philippines Los Baños students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez.

The verdict was handed down on March 11, 1995 by Judge Harriet Demetrio who said that the rape and murder of Sarmenta and Gomez were “a plot seemingly hatched in hell.”

The SC upheld the Laguna regional trial court ruling in 1999 against Sanchez, who is currently serving his sentence of seven terms of reclusion perpetua at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

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