MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said he will fire all the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials and personnel involved in the early release of heinous crime convicts under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.
Duterte on Thursday said his reason for sacking BuCor officials and personnel will not be based solely on the GCTA mess but due to the alleged corruption in the office.
“So setting aside all the legal infirmities there, even if it was allowed, corruption was present. Sabihin ko lang sa inyo. And everybody will go – will have to go. Alam nila ‘yan,” he added.
“If it was done in good faith, hindi kita anuhin. Pero kung sabihin mo na ‘bayaran,’ ah that is another story,” Duterte said. “I will hit you not because the law was in the limbo but because of corruption. So ‘yan ang maaasahan ninyo diyan.”
The President’s statement came after it was revealed that BuCor officials and personnel allegedly make money inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) such as GCTA for sale, hospital pass for sale and drug transactions at the NBP hospital, among others.
Duterte fired former BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon for “not following his order” after the latter approved the release of several heinous crime convicts under GCTA.
The Chief Executive’s latest pronouncement, however, ran counter with his earlier stand that BuCor officials could not be made accountable for implementing the GCTA law as the measure itself needed clarification from the Supreme Court.
The GCTA, which was expanded under a 2013 law, came under fire following reports that it could benefit Antonio Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna convicted in 1990’s rape-murder case.
According to BuCor, at least 22,049 persons deprived of liberty were released from 2014 to 2019 through GCTA, with 1,914 of them convicted of heinous crimes such as murder and rape./PN