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Bato’s only goal in BuCor: Destroy Bilibid drug machinery

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday said his sole marching order to newly-appointed Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa was to weed out illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

“There will be only one marching order for Chief dela Rosa: Destroy the drug machinery inside the penitentiary,” Guevara said in a text message sent to Philippine News Agency.

Guevarra made the remarks following reports that illegal drugs continued to proliferate inside the country’s national top penitentiary.

Guevara will meet dela Rosa on Friday to discuss plans at the BuCor.

BuCor is one of the agencies under DOJ, which also include the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Immigration (BI), and the Land Registration Authority (LRA).

On Monday, dela Rosa, former Philippine National Police chief, asked for the cooperation of BuCor officials and employees to accomplish this task.

Dela Rosa warned high-profile inmates in the NBP, that he would be relentless in going after those who continue their illegal activities inside the national penitentiary.

He made the remarks during his visit to the high-profile inmates in Building 14 of the NBP’s maximum security compound.

Among the high-profile inmates currently detained in Building 14 are convicted drug lord Peter Co and kidnapper Jayvee Sebastian.