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‘Survivor style’: Lawmaker wants convicted drug lords exiled in West Philippine Sea

A lawmaker wants convicted drug lords out of New Bilibid Prison for them to be exiled to the West Philippine Sea to survive on their own. 
 
Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list representative Niña Taduran said that drug lords in NBP can still enjoy special privileges by bribing prison guards.
 
Taduran said they should instead be placed on an island in the West Philippine Sea where there is “no cellphone signal, no guards to bribe and no means of escape.”
 
“There are numerous islets in the West Philippine Sea near Pagasa island being claimed by the Philippines, where someone with the ingenuity and resourcefulness of these convicted drug lords could survive on their own,” Taduran said in a statement.
 
Taduran said that since the military is in the area, they can only make sure that no one leaves or enters these islands.
 
“The move would solve not only all the problems hounding the NBP at the moment, but also help the Philippine government assert its claim over these islands in the West Philippine Sea, by populating them with Filipino prisoners,” Taduran added.
 
She also suggested that some inmates be moved to other prisons and use the NBP area instead to fund the government’s infrastructure project.
 
“Nasa likod lang ng Ayala Alabang ang NBP, mas pakikinabangan ng pamahalaan kung ibebenta na lang ang lupang ‘yan, kaysa patirahin diyan ang mga pasaway na druglords,” Taduran explained.

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