Sanctions imposed on the prisoner who impersonated Atty. Vic Rodriguez will solicit donations” – Manila Bulletin

Sanctions imposed on the prisoner who impersonated Atty. Vic Rodriguez will solicit donations’


The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said on Wednesday May 18 that it would impose sanctions on one of its prisoners who was found using the name of attorney Vic Rodriguez, spokesman for alleged President Ferdinand “Bongbong”. Marcos Jr., and allegedly solicited donations via social media.

The person deprived of liberty (PDL) has been identified as Ryan Ace Castillejo who was held in the maximum security compound of New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City on two counts of robbery.

BuCor Deputy Managing Director Gabriel P. Chaclag said the office is “committed to continuing to implement measures to prevent inmates in its custody from committing further crimes such as this scam.”

“The said PDL is now being investigated and appropriate penalties will be applied for violating the prison rules,” Chaclag said.

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra had said that if Castillejo is already serving his prison sentence, cybercrime charges will be brought against him.

Guevarra also said he would order a further investigation into the incident since “Possession by a PDL of a cell phone is strictly prohibited at the NBP, specifically in the maximum security compound.”

Chaclag said that at approximately 7 p.m. last Monday, May 16, “BuCor personnel conducted a surprise search operation inside the maximum security NBP compound targeting a PDL (person deprived of liberty) who used the name of ‘Atty. Vic Rodriguez to solicit money from businessmen.

He said the operation was carried out with the National Bureau of Investigation’s Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU).

“A Huawei smart phone unit was discovered in his cell,” Chaclag said.

Cell phones and other communication gadgets are considered contraband and their possession by PDLs is strictly prohibited by prison rules and regulations.



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