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4 NBP inmates in ‘riot’ stay in Crame

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said yesterday the four inmates involved in last week’s alleged riot at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City will stay at Camp Crame in Quezon City until the investigation is terminated.

The four inmates were identified as former police chief inspector Clarence Dongail, Edgar Cinco, Tomas Donina, and Ruben Tiu.

Donina was tagged by high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian as his attacker who stabbed him in the chest, back, and arm.

Aquirre said the four inmates are under investigation in connection with the stabbing incident at the NBP where inmate Tony Co was killed and four others – Sebastian, Peter Co, Vicente Sy, and Dongail – were wounded.

Sebastian, Peter Co and Sy were brought to the hospital, while Dongail opted to be treated at the NBP before he was transferred to Camp Crame.

“They will stay there (Camp Crame) probably until today (Tuesday),” Aguirre said.

Aguirre had earlier allowed the transfer of the four inmates to Camp Crame to expedite the investigation into the stabbing incident.

“I allowed CIDG (criminal investigation and detection group) to bring them there as part of the investigation, so they could easily be accessed by the investigators. This is also precautionary measure because the situation in NBP is still tense,” Aguirre said.

Meanwhile, Officer-in-Charge Rolando Asuncion of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) confirmed that Sebastian has requested his transfer from Building 14 to the maximum security compound of the NBP.

Asuncion said Sebastian sent him a letter request.

He said the request baffled him as he pointed out that the maximum security compound is for four thousand inmates but it now has 16,000 prisoners.

“We are studying if the transfer will be good for him,” Asuncion said, adding that they may look for an area near the Building 14 where cellular telephone jammers have been installed.

Early reports stated that high-profile inmates did their drug trade inside the NBP using cellular phones.