Prisoner brought to hospital sans court OK

Posted at 05/29/2014 3:26 PM | Updated as of 05/29/2014 7:08 PM

MANILA – Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director Franklin Bucayu confirmed that a high-profile inmate of New Bilibid Prison (NBP) was brought to a private hospital earlier this week.

Bucayu said Herbert ''Ampang'' Colangco, a convicted leader of the Ampang Colangco robbery group, was brought to Asian Hospital and Medical Center last Tuesday.

Bucayu said Colangco was brought to the private hospital after it was discovered that the latter has a urinary tract infection and a lump in his prostate.

NBP Superintendent Fajardo Lansangan argued that no court order was needed for Colangco's release since it was an emergency case. He said the convicted robbery group leader is due for an operation.

The NBP administration earlier denied that it is giving VIP treatment to some high-profile criminals, amid allegations that it is allowing several inmates to enjoy certain privileges inside the national penitentiary.

Lansangan admitted certain amenities are being made available to the prisoners, but he said these are meant to prepare them for their reintegration into mainstream society. – report from Noel Alamar, dzMM