President Duterte says BuCor chief must go amid brouhaha over freed heinous crime convicts and near release of ex-mayor Sanchez.
President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Bureau of Corrections Director General Nicanor Faeldon to leave his post after he stirred a hornet’s nest with the controversial early release of three men convicted of the abduction and murder of the Chiong sisters of Cebu.
The reported impending early release of convicted rapist-killer former mayor Antonio Sanchez also raised a howl and led to inquiries at the Senate and the House of Representatives into the alleged abuse of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) privilege granted under Republic Act 10592.
The controversy prompted calls from lawmakers for Faeldon to be sacked or resign.
“I am demanding the resignation of Faeldon immediately,” Duterte said at a news conference in Malacañang, adding the prisons official had to go because he “disobeyed my order.”
The President ordered prisoners who have been released because of good conduct credits under Republic Act 10592 to surrender and register themselves with the Bureau of Corrections in 15 days.
Otherwise, Duterte said such former inmates would be treated as fugitives from justice.
“I will give you 15 days, liberty. Provided you make yourself available anytime that you will be called for investigation, to have a recomputation,” Duterte said.
“If you do not, then beginning at this hour, you are a fugitive from justice. You will be treated as a criminal. If I were you, mag-surrender na kayo,” he added.
Records showed that 1,914 convicted of heinous crimes such as murder and rape have been freed. They are part of the 22,049 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) released from 2014 to 2019 due to GCTA.
Of those convicted of heinous crimes, 797 were sentenced for murder, 758 for rape, 274 for robbery with violence or intimidation, 48 for drug-related offenses, 29 for parricide, five for kidnapping with illegal detention, and three for destructive arson.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the heinous crime convicts released through GCTA would have to be hauled back to jail because they were erroneously freed.
The Philippine National Police meanwhile said it was ready to re-arrest the wrongly released convicts if higher authorities ordered them to.