FACT 1: Bilibid Prison in Manila is the world’s largest maximum security prison with 20,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes ranging from murder to rape.
FACT 2: Bilbid Prison is spread out over 1,400 acres and includes dormitories, shops, restaurants, taxis and even a TV station.
FACT 3: In 2011, Manila had 1,200 murders, most of which were gang-related,.
FACT 4: It's the inmates in Bilibid prison that keep track and report on the number of prisoners held inside. Prison officials accept this as the only way to keep a headcount.
FACT 5: There are only 40 guards in Bilibid Prison to watch over the 20,000 prisoners.
Ninety-five percent of the prisoners in Bilibid Prison are gang members.
FACT 7: At Manila’s Bilibad Prison, 12 gangs each have their own dormitory run by a gang commander who also sits on a ruling council that runs most of the prison’s internal affairs.
FACT 8: Gang initiation often requires each new member to endure a 30-second no-holds-barred beating. Women have a choice between a beating or gang-rape.
FACT 9: More investigative journalists have been killed in the Philippines over the last decade than in any other country.
FACT 10: During the 1950’s, there were only two gangs in the Philippines: the OXO (Nothing Times Nothing) from the country’s central islands and the Sigue-Sigue Gang (“sigue” means “go ahead”) from Manila. For decades they slaughtered each other in prison clashes.
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