04 Jul Duterte To Burn the New Bilibid Prison to the Ground
New Bilibid Prison houses drug lords who control one-fourth of the local market for illegal drugs. With this, President Rodrigo Duterte said last Friday, July 1, 2016, that he considers burning the NBP to the ground.
“How can it happen that when you inspect Bilibid, you have to ask permission from the idiot inside. This is my first day. I’m warning them there, they have the TVs there inside,” said Duterte. He also criticized how the NBP appears to have been controlled by drug operators, warning them with, “So, start counting the days…you are putting the government to shame. It’s like you slapped us many times… Start counting the hours. Do not count by the day, I do not want you counting the day.”
“Where can you find a government where drug trafficking is being controlled inside the Bilibid prison? And it is like being slapped many times. And how it came about is really, well I would know, by neglect,” said Duterte in his speech last Friday’s turnover of command for Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo pertaining to his “zero tolerance” for illegal drugs.
During Duterte’s campaign, he had mentioned thousands of drug suspects were detained at the NBP for their illegal activities, yet still continue their illegal trade.
Duterte stressed that, “These are the things that we have to stop and that is why I said I would be harsh, not cruel, but I would be harsh and I have no tolerance for drugs. Zero. So, this is the fight that we have now. Those of you who are on vacation from the fields in Mindanao and in the Visayas… you might want just to join the hunt for them. We will eliminate the drug lords once and for all. We have to stop this practice in Bilibid.”
“If you destroy my country, I will kill you. If you destroy our children, I will kill you. If I am asked by anybody, including the Commission on Human Rights, I do not know you,” Duterte said.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that they are considering to resettle drug lords at NBP to a secluded island to bring illegal drug trade to a stop. Also, he said that officials consider Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal and Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City as options to be used as prisons for drug lords. Another option they consider is through installing a “very strong” signal jammer for drug lords do business through the use of their mobile phones.