‘Locked up’ Muntinlupa residents may take alternate route – BuCor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 22) -- The Bureau of Corrections said it is not denying residents of a village access to Muntinlupa City proper after it established a wall on a road within its grounds.

“We are not preventing residents of the NHA [National Housing Authority] Southville 3 from accessing the city proper. In fact, we continue to open the bigger road within the NBP compound called Biazon Road, going to Alabang and also going to the city proper,” said BuCor Spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag in a message to CNN Philippines.

The BuCor drew flak during the weekend after it erected a concrete wall in the middle of Insular Prison Road in Barangay Poblacion. Muntinlupa City Mayor Jimmy Fresnedi said Saturday that the BuCor did not coordinate with the city government.

But Chaclag said the wall that “locked up” the community residents was planned long before to secure the NBP’s Maximum Security Compound.

“Hindi rin po ‘blocking of the road’ kundi ‘closing of the road’ from NHA Southville 3 passing through Maximum Security Compound ang pinatupad po ng BuCor,” he said.

[Translation: The BuCor did not implement a “blocking of the road” but a “closing of the road” from NHA Southville 3 passing through the Maximum Security Compound.]

He noted that residents can take an alternative route via another road within the land of NBP.

“Hindi po binawalan ng BuCor ang mga NHA residents na pumunta sa Poblacion. Merong mas maluwag na daanan at ‘yun po ay sa kabila,” said Chaclag. “Konting sakripisyo lamang naman po. Nadagdagan ng 1.5 km lamang ang kanilang travel distance kesa sa dating shortcut.”

[Translation: The BuCor is not preventing NHA residents from going to the Poblacion. There is a wider road on the other side. Just have patience. It added just 1.5 km to their travel distance as compared to their previous shortcut.]