SENATOR Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and other ex-directors of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) should also face investigation for possible abuse of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.
Bayan Muna party-list chairman Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said BuCor Director Nicanor Faeldon should not be the lone subject of the inquiry into the implementation of the GCTA law which has led to an estimated 1,900 inmates convicted of heinous crimes being given early freedom.
They said the recent controversy regarding the almost early release of convicted rapist and murderer former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez must push authorities into investigating dela Rosa and others.
“Initially BuCor Dir. Gen. Faeldon denied that he signed Sanchez’s release order but GMA7 was able to get a copy of the order and indeed it has Faeldon’s signature. Now how about the others involved in heinous crimes who were able to get out early like those involved in the Chiong sisters’ kidnapping rape and murder, the Chinese druglords and many others,” said Colmenares.
“We cannot blame the public from thinking that enormous amounts of money changed hands to avail of the GCTA because its operation is unchecked. We also cannot blame people to think that some of these money was used to fund the electoral campaign of those who ran in the last elections,” he added.
“We are not against the GCTA but it should be truly for everyone and not just for the rich and powerful. Kapag mapera lusot at labas agad pero kapag kritiko ng administrasyon binubulok sa kulungan maski matanda na at may sakit at ang mas mahalaga ay wala namang kasalanan,” said Colmenares.
Zarate, a House Deputy Minority Leader, said “we believe that the justice and penal system must be rehabilitative more than punitive.”
“However, this will not be realized for as long as the government remains rotten to the core and mass poverty and social injustices prevail,” said Zarate.
“A massive purge of corrupt and criminal officials in the police, military and civilian bureaucracy is key to solving the illegal drugs trade and other criminal activities proliferating in prisons and jails in the country,” Zarate said.