The attempted rape of one of the inmates to an eight-year-old girl inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City brings the penitentiary into the national scenes again.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said that the victim, a daughter of an inmate, was visiting her father to celebrate the New Year’s Day. However, the girl disappeared between 2 to 4pm, Thursday.

It was around 4 to 5pm when NBP personnel found the girl unconscious inside a comfort room of the maximum security compound with a rope around her neck, bruises on her face and stripped of her underwear.

The victim was immediately brought to a hospital and underwent a medico-legal examination that showed that there were no evident congenital injuries or laceration in the child’s private part.

“If confirmed that there was no rape, we will still file a case for attempted rape and child abuse,” De Lima said.

However, de Lima ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a second medico-legal inspection to the victim.

Meanwhile, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Franklin Jesus Bucayu said that the suspect has already been identified as Norvin Domingo, 34, a member of the Bahala Na Gang.

Domingo was brought to the Disciplinary Cell while authorities are preparing for the charges to be filed against him.

“He will also be sanctioned administratively. He will face the Board of Discipline,” Bucayu said.

Bucayo further stated that the suspects Good Conduct Time Allowance will be affected because of the perpetration and his visiting privileges will be cancelled.

The suspect was proven to be under the influence of drugs after a drug test has been conducted.

“I specifically instructed them (jail officials) when I went there to conduct drug test on the suspect. So ni-report sa akin kahapon ng umaga ni [NBP Superintendent Richard] Schwarzkopf na positive daw,” de Lima revealed.

With another scandal surrounding the NBP, questions of negligence of duty arise. De Lima, however, vowed to investigate the incident and would look into the possible dereliction on the part of jail officers.