A House leader on Monday protested the wall being built by the Bureau of Corrections along Insular Prison Road.
Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said “That wall is illegal and is a nuisance as defined by Article 694 of the Civil Code as it obstructs and interferes with the free passage of a public highway or street.
“What is more alarming is that no proper coordination whatsoever was made with the City Government of Muntinlupa and the barangay prior to the implementation of this order from BuCor,” he said.
Meanwhile, following the construction of the wall in Bilibid Road going to Southville 3 by the Bureau of Corrections, the Muntinlupa City Council and Barangay Poblacion have approved separate resolutions condemning the action and requesting the immediate opening of the access road.
Majority Floor Leader Raul Corro said the city council had passed resolutions on Monday requesting the Department of Justice to order BuCor to reopen the road going to and from NHA, Southville 3 and requesting Congress, through Biazon, to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation.
Tensions flared on Saturday between BuCor personnel and residents of Southville 3 in Barangay Poblacion after the residents woke up to find several portions of the Insular Prison Road already blocked by concrete walls.
The Insular Prison Road in the New Bilibid Prison Reservation gives residents of Southville 3, a socialized housing project of National Housing Authority, access to and from the Poblacion proper and city proper of Muntinlupa.
Biazon, vice chair of the House committee on public order and security, was the first government official to respond to the situation. He lamented that BuCor also did not make any attempt to consult those who would be directly affected, including Southville 3 residents and the usual users of the Insular Prison Road.
“There were also no consultations at all with concerned government agencies, national and local, including the NHA and the DSWD,” he said.
“Since the BuCor director was not available to talk to me yesterday and the officers present couldn’t make a decision to counter his order, I gave them time to take the matter up with him so he could decide.”
Biazon said “the wall compromises the safety, security and health of Southville 3 residents because it is blocking the most accessible entry into Southville 3, which will enable police, fire and emergency services to quickly respond should the need arise.
“It blocks the means for parents to get their children’s modules at the school located in Poblacion. The alternate route will take around 5 to 7 kilometers via Las Piñas and Bacoor, Cavite, with transportation costs increasing due to multiple PUV [public utility vehicle] rides.”
Biazon says the wall sabotages a national government project, specifically the newly built Link road which connects Insular road to Biazon road, as it intentionally cuts off the intended users of the road.
He also says he fully supports the position of the Muntinlupa City Government, which has asked BuCor to “remove the wall barriers and sit together to come up with a common solution for the problem.”
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi on Saturday wrote to Undersecretary Gerald Bantag, BuCor Director General, saying the closure of the road was not in the spirit of the law.
Fresnedi said it would have been better if BuCor had afforded the city government and the affected residents “a little courtesy” by giving them notice of their plan to close the road so that all parties could come up with a viable solution to their respective problems.