SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 – A former officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Bureau of Corrections testified on Thursday about the existing money-making schemes in the New Bilibid Prison, such as the entry of women for high-profile inmates, kidnapping, and 24-hour gambling.
Rafael Ragos told the Senate blue ribbon committee that there were many “unusual transactions” inside the national penitentiary’s maximum security compound, recalling his stint as OIC from November 2012 to March 2013 under then Justice secretary Leila de Lima.
He cited the “tilapia” scheme as an example, referring to female entertainers allowed inside by prison guards. One “tilapia” costs P30,000, he said.
“‘Yung tilapia nakakapagpasok sila diyan… babae para sa mga high-profile [inmates],” Ragos he said.
“For example may malalaking event sila roon, hihingi sila ng permiso, kami naman para ‘yung kanilang physiological needs medyo okay pinapayagan ‘yun. These will come in forms of dancers at entertainers, pero after while ‘yung iba nagiging girlfriend na at merong parang asawa,” he added.
Among inmates who have frequent visitors was convicted drug lord Peter Co, Ragos disclosed.
KIDNAPPING AND 24-HOUR GAMBLING
Ragos also exposed that the “wives” or “girlfriends” of these high-profile inmates were kidnapped after they leave the compound. The transaction for ransom were then conducted inside Bilibid.
“Ang alam ko ang mga involved may mga pulis pa na ka-batch noong mga nakakulong na dating pulis o kaibigan nila,” he said.
He also added that gambling exists inside Bilibid.
“May isang building na 24 hours ang sugalan…Ang alam ko nagsusugal sila, umaabot sila ng magdamagan.”
Ragos is one of the two new witnesses presented in the Senate hearing into the alleged irregularities in the implementation of good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law. He is placed under the witness protection program.
Prior to his revelations, a wife of an inmate testified against the supposed “GCTA for sale” in Bilibid where some BuCor personnel allegedly promised early release to inmates in exchange of money.
The Office of the Ombudsman already ordered the preventive suspension of 30 BuCor officials, while President Rodrigo Duterte fired Nicanor Faeldon as corrections director following the controversies hounding the bureau. (Karen Macalalad/ AAD)
Our Privacy Commitment
TV5 Network Inc. values and respects your right to privacy. We are committed to safeguarding your personal data in compliance with Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
Why do we collect your personal information (as applicable)?
We collect and maintain basic information about you as users of PGN sites for the following purposes:
Where do we get these information?
There are several ways we collect your personal information.
Information that you personally provided.
Most of the personal information we have are those that you have given us. You provide us personal information when you:
Information we may collect during our relationship with you
We may collect information as you use our products and services, like:
Information we collect from other sources
We may collect your personal information through other activities such as our market research initiatives and promotions, when you visit and transact with our or partner’s front offices/stores, when you visit and use our websites and mobile apps (if any), and from any of our subsidiaries, affiliates, and third-party business partners to whom you have given your consent for them to share your information with us.
When do we disclose personal information?
There are circumstances where we may need to share some of the information that you have provided us. In these cases, we ensure that your personal information is disclosed on a confidential basis, through secure channels, and only in compliance with the Data Privacy Act and other applicable privacy laws.
We will never share, rent, or sell your personal information to third parties outside of PGN except in special cases where you have specifically given consent, and as described in this policy.
In some instances, we may be required to disclose your personal information to our agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, business partners and other third-party agencies and service providers as part of our regular business operations and for the provision of our products and services. This means we might share your information with:
How we protect your personal information
We also put in effect the following safeguards:
PGN will not collect, use, or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than those identified in this Commitment, your Service Agreement or our Terms of Service, and any other purpose that you may have given your consent for.
For greater clarity, unless you provide specific consent, we shall not:
What are your choices?
You are given certain rights in relation to your personal data under the Data Privacy Act. We would like to ensure that we have your consent to continue to collect, use, and disclose your personal information for the purposes that we have identified. We want you to know that you do have choices and can object or withdraw your consent and/or edit your consent preferences at any time.
If you wish to have access to your personal information in our records; or you think that such personal information we have of you is incomplete, not up-to-date, or otherwise inaccurate, you may get in touch with our Data Privacy Officer through the contact details provided below. In some instances, we may request for supporting documents or proof before we effect any requested changes to your personal information.
Data Protection Officer
TV5 Network Inc.
Reliance corner Sheridan Streets
What happens when there are changes in our Policy?
You will always be provided notice if these changes are significant and, if we are required by law, we will ensure to obtain your updated consent.