THREE inmates were killed and 64 others were injured as rival gangs once again clashed inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on Monday.
It was the second bloody riot at the penitentiary in just over a month. Last October 9, nine inmates were killed as members of the Sputnik and Sigue-Sigue gangs fought it out.
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in a statement said members of the same groups were involved in the riot at the Maximum Security Com-pound on Monday morning.
Order was restored after about two hours, the bureau bared.
Three prisoners were declared dead on arrival at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa. Six of the injured required hospitalization.
BuCor personnel who were at their stations during the incident were told to evacuate the national headquarters after “some members of the Operating Team,who immediately responded in the said incident, sustained minor injuries while suppressing the commotion.”
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he was waiting for a detailed report from BuCor.
“I will direct the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to conduct a parallel investigation or expand its ongoing probe into the previous violence,” Guevarra said, as relayed by Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar.
Following the October 9 riot, BuCor launched Oplan Bura Tatak to erase gang marks to “discourage gang membership” and “lessen the culture of revenge and violence” at the prison.
BuCor also revealed that the previous riot was “ignited because of perceived disrespect to an LGBTQ member of one group.”
During that time, Deputy Director Gabriel Chaclag had said the leaders of the two gangs “pledged” to prevent another fight.
Authorities have attributed the violence inside Bilibid to congestion. The prison has long exceeded its capacity of 17,719 inmates. As of 2011, its population had almost doubled.