Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Gregorio Catapang announced that he would demolish the wall built on the road inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that has affected some residents of Muntinlupa City.
In an interview with GTV “Balitanghali” this Thursday, Catapang said he would demolish the controversial wall built by suspended BuCor chief Gerald Bantag.
According to Catapang, he will give people access to the said road without sacrificing the security of the NBP.
Bantag previously insisted that the road be blocked because it was being used for “illegal activities” within the NBP.
The wall was built and blocked the road in the NBP Reservation, which allegedly affected students, teachers, and residents of Katarungan village.
According to Catapang, they will implement a system so that students and residents can use the blocked road. Among the possible systems is the identification of people passing through the area.
In a Facebook post this Thursday, Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon thanked Catapang for his statement to reopen such roads.
“Natuwa ako nang marinig ko siya [Catapang] sa isang interview kanina na bubuksan daw niya ang mga kalsada para sa tao,” said Biazon.
Catapang to demolish the wall Bantag built in NBP
“Nitong nakaraang Monday, inimbita niya ako sa anniversary celebration ng BUCOR. Ginamit ko na din ang pagkakataon na magbigay ng formal letter para hilingin ang access para sa mga estudyante at residente,” the mayor said.
According to Biazon, he knows Catapang because he was the admin officer of his father, former senator, and former AFP Chief of Staff Rodolfo Biazon.
“Alam kong mabuting tao siya. Kaya din naging AFP Chief of Staff siya. Warrior with a heart, ” the mayor said about Catapang.
In November 2021, there was tension when residents demolished the wall that Bantag built on the road because it allegedly did not have a permit or consultation with the people.
Biazon said that what BuCor is doing is wrong and unfair without any consultation with local officials and is greatly affecting the residents of Muntinlupa.
Biazon insisted Bantag repeated his tactic of not talking to local officials as he did when he built a barrier wall on Insular Prison Road.