Bato to convicted drug lords: “Bilibid is your cathedral no more”

Former Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the now head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa vowed to take back the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)from the control of the convicted drug lords.

“To the convicted drug lords: Bilibid is your cathedral no more,” said dela Rosa.

He explained that he  was referring to the Colombian prison facility under the control of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar which was referred to as the “Cathedral.”

In his last press conference before his retirement as the PNP Chief, Bato said that he would rid the NBP of  the illegal drug trade that had allegedly pervaded the prison.

The new BuCor chief also vowed that he would clean up the prison once he assumes the helm of the BuCor but declined to give details saying, “I will tell you. Mark my words. I will succeed. I will not lose to those drug lords. As to how I will do it, just extend your wild imagination.”

He also warned the BuCor inmates and personnel who possibly connive to keep the drug trade alive within the prison walls, “Just in case they still do that and connive with jailed drug lords, stop it. Before I stop you.”

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