Ambulance Used by BuCor Personnel to Smuggle Contraband into Bilibid

BuCor Personnel Used Ambulance to Smuggle Contraband into Bilibid

A Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) employee has been arrested for using an ambulance to smuggle contraband into the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

This incident comes despite BuCor’s efforts to clean up and remove corrupt personnel.

According to the report from BuCor Director General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr., J/SINSP Angelina L. Bautista (Ret.) OIC-Deputy Director General for Operations and ODG-Head Executive Assistant, revealed that at around 2:47 pm last Saturday (June 3, 2023), a BuCor ambulance with plate number SAB 4894, driven by CO1 Marvin Ceballos, was discovered carrying dried tobacco leaves.


There was also a deprived-of-liberty (PDL) patient inside the ambulance for emergency referral upon arrival at the NBP.

Bautista stated that as part of the protocol, all personnel and vehicles entering the NBP undergo a “check and search” procedure. It was during this process that the contraband hidden inside the ambulance’s compartment was detected.

The duty guards, K9Hs Leonard Torralba and Joe Joanne Pecha, immediately reported the incident, and Ceballos was placed under investigation.


According to Catapang, vigilance is necessary because BuCor is responsible not only for overseeing prisoners but also its own personnel.

“Yan ang dahilan kung bakit ang ating programa ay Reform BuCor, magkasabay naming nirereporma ang sarili naming officers and personnel habang may programa rin kami to reform PDLs,” said Catapang.

The incident raises concerns about the integrity of BuCor’s operations and highlights the ongoing challenges faced in eradicating corruption within the prison system. Authorities must remain committed to investigating and addressing such incidents to maintain the credibility and effectiveness of the justice system.

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