‘Bato,’ Faeldon probed

September 11, 2019
Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa

THE Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday confirmed during plenary budget deliberations that Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is being investigated by the anti-graft body along with former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon over the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law controversy.

“As mentioned, all present and past (BuCor chiefs) are now under investigation,” said Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos Jr., a vice chairman of the House committee on appropriations, when Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate asked him during budget floor debates if dela Rosa was not spared from the Ombudsman inquiry on the release of over 1,900 convicts due to GCTA law.

“What about Senator Bato who was also a previous director of the Bureau of Prisons?” Zarate asked.

“It is possible, yes, and definitely Faeldon is one of those being investigated,” Jalosjos said in the earlier part of the budget debates when Zarate asked him if Faeldon was included in the investigation.

Jalosjos was the sponsor of and defending the budget of the Office of the Ombudsman under next year’s P4.1 trillion national budget.

Earlier, Ombudsman Samuel Martires said that the anti-graft body’s investigation will not spare anyone.

Dela Rosa served as director general of BuCor from May to October 2018.

The former PNP chief clarified that only one illegal drugs convict was released out of 120 heinous crime convicts who benefitted from the GCTA law during his tenure as BuCor chief.