30 BuCor guards under investigation for role in alleged e-wallet corruption scheme

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) — A number of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) personnel are currently under investigation for their possible involvement in a mobile wallet corruption scheme inside the national penitentiary, acting chief Gregorio Catapang said on Wednesday.

“We are investigating about 30 personnel,” he told CNN Philippines’ The Source, noting the concerned prison guards have been put under preventive suspension.

On Jan. 23, Catapang and Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla bared that BuCor guards reportedly operated a corruption scheme through a popular e-wallet application. 

Authorities have confiscated over ₱300,000 from the BuCor guards supposedly running the scheme, according to Catapang.

Given the minimal food and medicine allowance that the inmates receive, Catapang said persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) are allowed to receive money from relatives through the mobile wallet of prison guards.

However, some PDLs have complained that some Bilibid guards are collecting ₱100 for every ₱1,000 sent through them as service charge.

Aside from the preventive suspension of the guards involved, Catapang said they will now implement a system setting ₱30 as fee for every ₱1,000 sent to PDLs via the app to address the issue.

“There’s an ongoing investigation about this and we will file appropriate charges to the guards doing illegal activities inside the BuCor,” he said.