Probe inmate with starlets in hospital room: De Lima

Posted at 06/02/2014 5:52 PM | Updated as of 06/02/2014 7:43 PM

MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered an investigation into reports that several high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) have been taken to private hospitals to undergo treatment last month, especially following reports that in one of those instances, female entertainers were brought inside the hospital room of the "recovering inmate."

The probe is intended to determine if these inmates were accorded special treatment.

“I have directed the Usec-in-charge (Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan) to immediately probe those reports and submit a report,” De Lima said in a text message.

At least 3 high-profile NBP inmates were taken to private hospitals in May.

Convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata, a leader of the Sigue Sigue Sputnik gang, was admitted to the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila to receive treatment for a lung ailment.

However, starlets and dancers were reportedly brought inside his hospital room, in violation of whatever pass he may have been granted.

Convict Herbert Colangco, leader of a bank robbery gang responsible for a series of robberies in Pampanga, Quezon City, and Paranaque between 2003 and 2005, and believed to be allied with the Waray Waray and Ozamis robbery gangs, was also bought to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang for urinary tract infection.

Convicted drug lord Amin Buratong, who used to operate the P900-million shabu tiangge in Pasig City, was taken to Medical City due to recurring coronary artery disease and a liver ailment.