Inmate says illegal drug transactions also take place in Ward 3

(Eagle News)–At least two people on Thursday, Sept. 12, said there were corruption and other illegal activities ongoing in the New Bilibid Prison hospital.

Inmate former Valencia, Bukidnon Mayor Antonio Galario, who had been confined in the hospital for kidney problems, said he paid NBP doctor Urcisio Cenas at least P1,000 each time he transacted with him.

“I asked for a medical abstract, almost one month wala pa. Sabi ng mga kasama ko doon, bigay ka naman daw ng onting pandulas. Nagbigay ko. I tried last sept hingi ako ng medical abstract. Nagbigay ako ng P1000 kay Dr. Cenas, ilang araw lumabas,” Galario said.

He said he gave P1000 to Cenas for the release of another medical abstract in November, and another P1000 for the release of a certification in January.

He said the last time he gave money to Cenas was in May.

Greizl Fernandez, Galario’s daughter, said she also gave money to Cenas in two separate incidents: once for the doctor to issue a prescription, and the other time to allow the entry of medicines for her father, who had low levels of potassium.

She said the second time she went to Cenas’ office,  she saw Chinese nationals come out of his office.

Both Galario and Fernandez said Cenas received the money they offered in all instances.

But Cenas denied receiving any payment from Galario and Fernandez, saying he just left the money on his table.

He added the stay of his patients  in the NBP was based on the sickness that the inmate had, upon the recommendation of the nurse who first checked on the patient in jail.

As for the charge there were Chinese nationals seen in Cenas’ office, Cenas said he was assigned to give medical services to NBP Building 1, which houses some Chinese nationals.

Illegal drugs

According to Galario, during his stay in the hospital, he also witnessed how some illegal drug transactions were  done in Ward 3.

He said he would know when a  transaction would take place if a “watchman” was already stationed, looking towards  the main entrance of the hospital from inside.

Based on information he said he received, he said the Hong Kong triad of Peter Co and Vicente Sy who reportedly had established contacts there, was behind the transactions.

He said BuCor personnel would enter once in a while, but “kotong lang.”

If members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force entered the hospital, however, he said “para silang nagkarambola dun.”