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Convicted Chinese drug lord Tony Co was killed while four other inmates were wounded during a riot that ensued during a shabu session inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Co was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearby Medical Center Muntinlupa (MCM).
Meanwhile, the wounded inmates Jaybee Sebastian, Peter Co, Vicente Sy, and former Chief Insp. Clarence Dongail were stabbed.
Peter Co was critically wounded, while the rest are in stable condition as declared by Dr. Uriel Halum. They are heavily guarded by Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.
According to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Tony Co and the other Chinese inmates were having a “shabu” session in their cell in Building 14 at 7 am when Dongail told them not to use the substance because they will all get in trouble. That prompted the riot.
Aguirre did not disclose how they were able to get their hands on the illegal drugs and knife since their building was considered to be the most secured.
Meanwhile, according to Halum, Sebastian and Co received multiple stab wounds in their chest area and the wounds were “meant to kill”.
Sebastian’s lawyer has requested that his client be transferred to Asian Medical Center but Halum insisted that MCM also has the facilities and personnel.
Bureau of Corrections officer in charge Rolando Asuncion dismissed the word that the riot was a ploy to stop Sebastian from testifying on the probe on illegal drug activities in the penitentiary. “Riots are usual in prisons that lack quality facilities and personnel, and not properly segregated inmates. Unless those would be improved, riots such as these will happen,” he said.
NBP riot leaves drug lord killed, 4 wounded Reviewed by FNPH Correspondent on Thursday, September 29, 2016 Rating: