- PNP Chief De la Rosa said the meager salaries of jail guards contributes to the persistence of the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison
- Once he assumes office as BuCor chief, De la Rosa will raise the salaries of jail personnel
- De la Rosa will be assigned as the next BuCor chief after he retires from the PNP
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald De la Rosa said the root of the persistence of illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison could be the absence or lack of money in the hands of jail personnel.
De la Rosa who will be assigned as the next chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) after he retires from the PNP said the illegal drug trade will not prosper inside the national penitentiary without the jail personnel’s connivance with jailed drug lords.
According to the Inquirer, the PNP chief said the solution to the drug menace in Bilibid could be as simple as increasing the salaries of jail guards and personnel.
De la Rosa said at the sidelines of the celebration of the 112th founding anniversary of BuCor that he just learned the a jail guard only earns P12,000 a month or three times less than what policemen would get once the increased pay hike of uniformed personnel takes effect next year.
“Let’s be frank about it. The problem will not persist if there’s no connivance with some people from BuCor,” De la Rosa said.
De la Rosa believes drug lords inside the penitentiary would have a hard time bribing jail personnel if they are getting good salaries.
Once he assumes office as head of BuCor, De la Rosa said he will make it a priority to increase the salaries of jail personnel.