AT least two party-list solons urged President Rodrigo Duterte not to appoint Nicanor Faeldon to any government position, following his involvement in the controversy in the Bureau of Correction.
President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Faeldon for disobeying him over not releasing inmates involved in heinous crimes.
Implementing the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), Faeldon as Director General of Bureau of Corrections allowed the release from detention of about 1,900 inmates some of whom were convicted of heinous crimes.
This issue erupted when convicted rapist and murderer ex-mayor Antonio Sanchez was reported set to be released due to GCTA.
In a weekly party-list forum, both ACTS-CIS Rep. Nina Taduran and CWS party-list Rep. Romeo Momo believe that Faeldon should both be in the government anymore because of his link to alleged irregularities.
During his stint as Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, some P6.4 billion worth of shabu was able to enter the country at the height of strong campaign of President Duterte against illegal drugs.
Taduran said Congress and the Department of Justice (DoJ) should investigate the alleged Freedom for Sale or Good Conduct for Sale scheme inside the NBP.
“Ang panawagan namin kay Pangulo, siguro huwag na siyang ilagay sa kahit anong ahensiya ng pamahalaan. Dalawang beses na siyang nasasangkot sa anomaly,” Taduran said.
For his part, Momo said Faeldon should not be reappointed and charges should be filed against him.
“After the investigation, the DOJ should file cases against him. Look for charges,” Momo said.
Cayetano backs Duterte
Meanwhile, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano expressed support to President Duterte’s decision to kick out Faeldon.
“I support President Duterte. Alam mo ang ating Pangulo maraming information kaysa sa atin at inimbistigahan nya muna ito ng mabuti. Nakakahiya ang mga pangyayari at makikita mo na kahit anong linis mo ng gubyerno, may mga nakatagong pangyayaring anomalya. Dun po talaga natin kailangang kailangan ang media at social media para talagang mabulgar, mabuko ang mga katiwalian,” Speaker Cayetano said.
“I sincerely believe that the President is 100 percent against corruption, may zero tolerance. Unfortunately, some people allow to do it, or some people allow those under them to do it. We are already more than half of the term ng ating Pangulo at halos buwan-buwan, may nahuhuli pa rin siyang mga problema, anomaly, kasi endemic na nga talaga. Kaya sana magtulong-tulong tayong lahat talaga to stamp out corruption,” the Speaker added.
ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap also said Faeldon should be made accountable for allowing the alleged early release of nearly 1,914 heinous crime convicts due to the GCTA.
“It is only appropriate to set right the mistakes of one’s leadership to bring back the trust of the Flipino people to the government body mandated to protect the public by safekeeping and reforming persons under their custody,” Yap said.
“Let this serve as a warning for each and every one of us, that regardless of one’s social position, no one is above the law. We should not allow the loopholes of the law to benefit those who do not deserve them. Significantly, as policymakers, it is our directive to find these loopholes and amend the law accordingly,” he added.