A violent and bloody riot in Building 14 of the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison erupted in early Wednesday morning, September 28.
According to Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes, Building 14 of the Maximum Security Compound is where most high profile inmates and drug lords are detained.
According to Police Superintendent Rolando Asuncion, the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau of Corrections, the fight resulted to the death of Tony Co, a drug lord and high profile inmate.
Three other high profile inmates were injured. They are Jaybee Sebastian, Peter Co, and Vicente Sy, who are dubbed as the ‘King of Drug Lords’.
All four were immediately rushed to the Medical Center Muntinlupa for medical treatment, but Tony Co was found dead on arrival. The cause of death was the multiple puncture wounds in his chest area. According to authorities, Tony Co received the most number of puncture wounds among the four high profile inmates involved and injured in the riot.
Tony Co, Peter Co and Vicente Sy are known to be included in the so-called ‘Bilibid 19’ inside the national penitentiary. They are included in the group of drug lords who continue to live their luxurious high-life, and profitable illegal drug trade even inside the national prison facility.
The riot came in the heel of the installation of new and powerful signal jammers in Building 14 inside the Maximum Security Compound that was announced by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Monday, September 26.
UPDATE: According to Dr. Uriel Halum of Medical Center Muntinlupa, Peter Co and Jaybee Sebastian required surgery because of multiple puncture wounds mostly located in the cardiac area. They are both now in recovery and will require at least five days of observation.
Meanwhile, Dennis Alfonso, Bilibid Prison Guard and one of the first responders to the riot scene, shared that Jaybee Sebastian told him that he was stabbed by inmate Tomas Donina. He also shared that he heard the Chinese inmates pleading for mercy. He also shared that they recovered a bent ice pick on the bed of inmate Tony Co.
Department of Justice Undersecretary Enan Orceo has further announced that the New Bilibid Prison is on full alert, and Building 14 is on total lockdown. He, however, refused to confirm whether the riot was politically-motivated, or not.