MANILA, Philippines — Mobile phones, laptops, bladed weapons, and a camera were seized by the Philippine National Police from 40 jails in the National Capital Region in the first nine months of 2017.
A week after President Rodrigo Duterte visited the jails of the BJMP, authorities presented seized contrabands that included 517 cellular phones, 12 electronic gadgets and cigarettes, lighters, cans of beer, and playing cards to the media.
The cellular phones will be subjected to forensic examination.
Senior Inspector Xavier Sola, in a phone call with PhilStar.com, said that Oplan Greyhound covered January to September 2017 operations.
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Sola said that the destroyed items “underwent forensic operations.” He clarified, however, that some of the cellular phones “will be subject for further investigation and were withheld.”
Assistant Secretary Nestor Quinsay led the presentation to the press Tuesday. He was accompanied by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Quezon City Police District.
Duterte, last week, expressed satisfaction upon seeing the country’s biggest jails teeming with inmates. The chief executive said that he will provide “each and every cell with a TV by the end of the month.”
The president’s view provide a direct contrast with the latest report of the Commission on Audit that stated the country’s detention facilities are in dire situation.
According to the COA report, the detention cells are already housing more jail population than they were designed to hold.
A week ago, the Antipolo City Jail in Rizal was subjected to Oplan Greyhound. Seized contrabands from the operation were an improvised knife and water heaters.
Last month, a similar clearing operation was conducted at the Quezon City jail. QC Jail Warden Superintendent Ermilito Moral clarified in a radio interview that some of the contrabands were submitted to the National Capital Region Office for safekeeping and examination.
Sola said that Oplan Greyhound is component under the Oplan Linis Piitan of the new management of the BJMP. It aims to ensure safety of inmates inside their dormitories. —with report from Manuel Tupas