Chatto to suggest reshuffling of BDJ guards

Bohol District Jail warden Supt. Felipe Montejo presented to media contraband including suspected “shabu” confiscated from the facility’s detainees during a surprise inspection on February 14.|File Photo

Governor Edgar Chatto on Wednesday said that he will be recommending to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) 7 the reshuffling of personnel at the Bohol District Jail (BDJ) amid the continued smuggling of contraband including illegal drugs into the facility.

According to Chatto, he is set to meet with BJMP 7 officials to discuss the issue and also suggest the review of current security protocols inside the jail.

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The provincial government is also ready to reshuffle jail guards under the Capitol’s payroll and dismiss those proven to be involved in illegal drug activities and the entry of contraband into the BDJ, Chatto said.

However, the governor noted that he will still have to consult the BJMP’s regional command before implementing changes.

Chatto has repeatedly denounced the continued entry of illegal drugs into the BDJ, while surprise inspections have been regularly launched by authorities inside the facility but these have apparently not deterred detainees from smuggling in contraband.

On February 14, 39 packets of shabu were seized inside the BDJ by police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives during a Greyhound Operation.

Authorities also found on Wednesday various contraband including drug paraphernalia, tuba (coconut wine), cigarettes, sim cards, cellphones and an improvised vibrator, among others.

For his part, BDJ warden Chief Insp. Felipe Montejo had earlier said that some jail guards have been suspected of involvement in the smuggling of contraband.

The guards however only remained under surveillance so far. (AD)



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