Ex-DOJ execs, religious group to be probed over illegal activities

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Ex-DOJ execs, religious group to be probed over prison drugs
At least two former officials of the Department of Justice and religious group are being investigated over alleged involvement in illegal activities, receiving millions from high-profile inmates in exchange for special treatment.

In a press briefing on Friday, Justice Secretary Vitalliano Aguirre said that they are forming a fact-finding team to probed two ex-DOJ officials involved.

Aguirre also revealed that a religious group personnel who were conducting some preaching were acting as a channel to sneak contraband and illegal drugs inside the Bilibid prison.

Aside from accepting bribes, Aguirre said the NBP officials are involved, too, in irregularities, manipulating the budget of the inmates down to P40 from the previous P50 meal allowance of each 24,000 prisoners.

"I don't want to name names because that would be unfair to them. Malaki ang perang involved. Kaya lang millions, ayoko i-ano because we have to presume that they are innocent," Aguirre said.
Following such information, Aguirre temporarily banned religious preaching and activities inside the NBP and will be lifted once the situation normalizes.

However, if the PNP-SAF members would be unable to cleanse the illegal activities in NBP within three months, members of Philippine Marine might be extending help," said Aguirre.

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