BuCor chief Bantag relieves 300 Bilibid guards, replaces them with 500 NCRPO cops


(Eagle News) – New Bureau of Corrections (BuCor director Gerald Bantag has removed more than 300 prison guards of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) and replaced them with 500 policemen from Metro Manila.

“We have a directive from the President for a total revamp and to clean up the BuCor. There are allegations of irregularities so we relieved them,” explained BuCor spokesperson Wena Fe Dalagan.

In an effort to remove so-called scalawags at the controversy-tainted BuCor, Bantag sought the help of National Capital Region Police Office chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar so he could provide him with policemen who could be trusted to institute reforms at the New Bilibid Prisons.

Eleazar said that the NCRPO is ready to help Bantag and provided him with 500 cops to replace the 300 old NBP guards who will undergo retraining and evaluation.

“Director General Bantag has asked for assistance because he is looking for personnel he could trust. That is why we decided to extend help by providing him with the initial manpower,” he said.

Eleazar explained that since the NBP’s location is within the NCRPO’s jurisdiction, they provided the needed men of the new BuCor director.

The deployment of NCRPO cops to the NBP was approved by Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

Eleazar said at least 552 NCRPO cops will be deployed at the NBP for augmentation.

Bantag placed the 300 NBP guards he relieved on floating status.

He said he would also relieve other NBP personnel who will be found to be doing irregularities. They will be likewise replaced by men from the NCRPO and from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) where he had served as Mimaropa chief.