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|Govt to sell NBP for P40 billion|
|Topic Started: Sep 7 2011, 12:50 AM (302 Views)|
|matrix||Sep 7 2011, 12:50 AM Post #1|
Govt to sell NBP for P40 billion
written by : JAIME PILAPIL REPORTER
THE New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), a sprawling 370-hectare compound, is for sale.
The government wants P40 billion for the property that it plans to sell after the inmates have been transferred to a new facility.
Sen. Franklin Drilon, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will draw up plans for the transfer of the prison facility to a place that is yet to be determined by government, possibly outside Metro Manila.
“The DOJ [Department of Justice] was tasked to come up with a comprehensive plan on the transfer of NBP. Of course, with it is the new prison facility plan where the problem of congestion and security is properly addressed,” the senator told reporters.
Drilon said the Bureau of Corrections aims to decongest prisons and bring inmates closer to their families.
“The DOJ has until March 2012 to complete and submit the comprehensive plan, including the transfer of NBP to another place. The NBP facility is valued at P40 billion. This is an asset which is practically idle,” he said.
Drilon said de Lima vowed to transfer NBP before the end of 2012.
The NBP, located in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila), is the main insular penitentiary. It is maintained by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which is under the DOJ.
The NBP and prison officials were the center of controversy in May after former Gov. Jose Antonio Leviste of Batangas was caught in Makati City (also in Metro Manila).
The Leviste caper turned out to be the tip of the iceberg following the discovery of various irregularities like the granting of special privileges to wealthy Chinese inmates who were allowed to build huts or “kubols” complete with amenities like bath and toilet, kitchen, living room and a play area.
The discovery of such anomalies led to the resignation of BuCor director Ernesto Diokno. He was replaced by retired military general Gaudencio Pangilinan.
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