ADMINISTRATION Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go said he is “dismayed” with the performance of Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) director general Nicanor Faeldon, as the Senate yesterday formally opened its joint investigation on the abuses in the implementation of RA 10592 or the ‘Good Conduct Time Allowance’ (GCTA) Law that has already resulted to the release of some 2,000 convicted hardened criminals.’
In a talk with the Senate media after the hearing jointly conducted by the Senate committees on justice and human rights, constitutional amendments, finance and dangerous drugs, Go said his dismay is over Faeldon’s approving the release of convicted drug lords and others facing life sentences for committing crimes classified as “heinous” under the law.
Go said the scandals now hounding the Bucor directly impact on the three major campaign issues close to the administration— illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
The hearing was prompted amid reports late last month that among those to benefit from RA 10592 would be former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted of three life sentences for murder and rape in 1995.
Go bared President Rodrigo Duterte had to personally intervene by calling up Faeldon last August 21 to stop the release of Sanchez.
On the other hand, Go said he also called up Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, to affirm the presidential instruction to Faeldon, as he also offered his sympathies to the families of those victimized by Sanchez.
Go, who is the closest to Duterte among the present crop of lawmakers, said no official involved in the CGTA Law implementation would be spared, Faeldon and Guevarra included, in the ongoing investigation
“Lahat ng may kinalaman, ‘from top to bottom,’ ang gustong imbestigasyon ni Presidente,” Go said.
However, Go refused to speculate on rumors that corruption and bribery at the Bucor and the DOJ had tarred the implementation of RA 10592, saying he would still wait for the result of the Senate probe.
“But ‘dun sa pagpapalaya ng mga drug convicts, nakakadismaya talaga ‘yun,” Go said.