During Thursday’s Senate hearing on GCTA probe, Ex BuCor Deputy Chief Rafael Ragos revealed that prostitution, gambling, and kidnap-for-ransom are just some of the many money-making tactics of high-profile convicts at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
‘Tilapia’ at ₱30,000 per night
Ragos who was BuCor OIC from November 2012 to March 2013 told the committee that there are unusual transactions inside the maximum security. “Mga tilapia, nakakapagpasok sila diyan ng babae, para sa mga high-profile inmates. Enjoy sila roon,” Ragos told Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Each prostitute called tilapia by inmates can cost ₱30,000 per night during his term. In some instances, BuCor officials allow female entertainers to enter the prison to address the “physiological needs of the inmates. Ragos added that foreign female entertainers were being allowed to stay for days.
Ragos also stated that there are women frequently visiting the convicted drug lord Peter Co. “May mga dumadalaw kay Peter Co, hindi ko alam kung girlfriend o asawa,” he said.
Kidnap for ransom between the inmates and police
Kidnap for ransom is another money-making scheme between the inmates and police. High-profile inmates tip the police on who to kidnap which includes the wives of other convicts and wealthy Chinese nationals. The release of each victim is negotiated among inmates and the police inside the Bilibid.
“Ipapakidnap po, ang negotiation sa loob, mga ₱200,000,” Ragos said.
Other illegal money-making ventures
Inside the Bilibid’s “virtual casino”, inmates are also allowed to engage in nearly 24-hour gambling. Ragos said some jail officials take the inmates’ food budget and other BuCor personnel sold alcohol, cellphones, and cigarettes at high prices to inmates inside the Bilibid.
Ragos also said high-profile inmates used to give money to a newly-appointed BuCor chief. When he was appointed as BuCor chief, drug lord Amin Boratong tried to give him a ring worth ₱600,000.
Source: GMA News