MANILA, Philippines (MDN National News digital, September 8) – If the Bucor's 'GCTA for sale scheme' is proven, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon must be held liable.
This was the strongest demand made by Barry Gutierrez, Vice President Leni Robredo's spokesperson. Barry said Faeldon should be held accountable before the Office of the Ombudsman.
The controversial GCTA (good conduct time allowance) resulted in the release of nearly 2,000 heinous crime convicts.
Despite the president's declaring them fugitives after 15 days only a hundred returned to the fold of the law and voluntarily surrendered themselves.
Gutierrez said the Ombudsman should handle the case that will be filed against the beleagured Bucor chief since the alleged scheme happened during his incumbency as Bucor chief.
During a committee hearing spearheaded by the Senate, a certain Yolanda Camilon surfaced and testified she paid the amount of P50,000 for the release of her husband, a prisoner at the New Bilibid Prison. She was promised her husband would be freed in exchange for the P50,000 but until now it did not happen.
Camilon revealed the families of convicts pay P30,000 to as high as P1 million for the early release of their relatives.