At least one high-profile inmate at the New Bilibid Prison died Wednesday, September 28, after a "riot" erupted between inmates earlier in the morning.
In radio and television interviews, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that a certain Tony Co, an inmate at Bilibid, died after the riot at Building 14.
Other high-profile inmates – Peter Co, Vicente Sy, Jaybee Sebastian – and retired police Chief Inspector Clarence Dongail were also injured, according to Aguirre. Co, Sy, and Sebastian were taken to the Medical Center Muntinlupa. While Dongail was also hurt, he did not want to be brought to a hospital and chose to be treated at Bilibid, said Aguirre. Co is supposedly 50/50 while Sebastian is "stable," according to the DOJ chief.
Citing what he called "sketchy, initial reports," Aguirre said the two Cos and Sy were reportedly using shabu at the cell of Peter Co.
An inmate, Edgar Cinco, saw them, and reported them to Dongail. Dongail reportedly called out the group for using illegal drugs, and then went to the cell of Sebastian. Tony Co supposedly ran after Dongail and attempted to attack him. "There was a riot," Aguirre said, adding that an "ice pick" was used. In the end, Tony Co was killed. Sy, Peter Co, and Sebastian were also hurt enough to require hospitalization, said the justice secretary.
Dongail, who was the reported subject of the attack and was supposed to have been stabbed as well, according to Aguirre, was not included in the list of injured in the official statement released by Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes.
Dongail is one of 3 former police officers sentenced to 3 life terms – 120 years – each – in 2011 for the murder and kidnapping of a former barangay captain and two maritime instructors in Bacolod City in 2003.
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