Dela Rosa: no GCTA for sale proven during my time in BuCor

Maris Federez   •   September 4, 2019   •   1145

Senator Ronald Bato dela Rosa

Senator Ronald Bato dela Rosa on Wednesday insisted that he had not discovered any practice of good conduct time allowance (GCTA) for sale during his term at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Dela Rosa sat as Bucor chief for 6 months before he ran in the senatorial elections and was replaced by Capt. Nicanor Faeldon.

Under his term, Dela Rosa said 120 persons deprived of liberty were freed by virtue of the GCTA credits.

Dela Rosa added that although he had received reports of “GCTA for sale”, such claims were never proven.

“Wala silang masabi kung sino, kanino dapat makipag-usap, magkano ang ibinebenta. Wala silang masabi [They cannot cite who or to whom to talk to, and how much is the selling price. They cannot say anything],” he said.

The senator also said he is open to any investigation that the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission may launch against him.

The PACC had earlier said that that they will scrutinize the way Faeldon was running the agency, as well as that of Dela Rosa.

“Walang problema. Wala naman akong tinatago [No problem. I have nothing to hide]. I can shed light and explain everything para maliwanagan ang lahat [so that everybody will be enlightened],” dela Rosa stated.

Dela Rosa added that now that the Department of Justice is reviewing the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the GCTA Law, he supports the re-arrest of the prisoners who were freed due to the wrong application of the law.

“If nagkamali ang implementation ng GCTA, ibalik sila by all means para fair kayo [If there was a flaw in the implementation of CGTA, they must be returned by all means so that it will be fair],” he said. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

1 of 3 Bilibid escapees shot dead – BuCor

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2022

One of the three inmates who bolted from the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Monday was killed during manhunt operations, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.

In a statement, the BuCor identified the fatality as Pacifico Adlawan, 49. Earlier information released by the bureau stated that Adlawan was serving a sentence for frustrated homicide and a drug-related case.

The BuCor said the subject was running from the creek at the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway when he was spotted by government forces that were clearing the outskirts of the NBP reservation at noontime.

The subject was cornered and allegedly exchanged gunfire with personnel from the BuCor and Muntinlupa City Police Station.

“Our government forces were forced to retaliate and after some time, they neutralized the gunman who was later identified as one of the persons deprived of liberty (PDL) escapees named PDL Pacifico V. Adlawan, Prison Number N218P-2041, who bolted the MaxSeCom prison earlier at dawn today,” the bureau said.

Seized from the suspect was a 9mm pistol with live bullets and spent shells.

The BuCor said minor injuries were reported on the government side.

“The site of the firefight is now being processed by the PNP Crime Lab SOCO team,” it added.

The two other PDLs that also escaped from NBP around 1 a.m. on Monday were identified as Arwin Villeza Bio, who was convicted for murder and attempted murder; Drakilou Falcon, convicted for robbery with homicide.

3 inmates escape from Bilibid maximum security compound – BuCor

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Three inmates on Monday escaped from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) maximum security compound, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.

A flash alarm issued by the NBP states that the three inmates bolted from the national penitentiary around 1 a.m.

The escapees were identified as Arwin Bio, who was convicted for murder and attempted murder; Drakilou Falcon, convicted for robbery with homicide; and Pacifico Adlawan, who was convicted for frustrated homicide and a drug-related case.

These inmates were considered armed and dangerous, the BuCor said.

The bureau said coordination and recovery efforts are ongoing to arrest the escapees.

It urged the public to notify BuCor authorities at hotline number 09178049362 / 09186001081 or report to the nearest police station for any information about the convicts.

No frontrunner yet among presidential candidates — analyst

Maris Federez   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —No frontrunner has yet emerged among the 2022 presidential aspirants, according to political analyst Professor Ramon Casiple.

With the campaign season still yet to start, Casiple said no clear platform has been laid down so far by any of the candidates.

Casiple also noted that even Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s initial declaration not to join the presidential race still cannot be considered as a final decision of the local chief executive. Not until the deadline for the substitution of candidates which is on November 15.

“Alam mo naman sa pulitika wala namang usapang tapos,” he said.

Meanwhile, presidential aspirants have started going out of their way to visit places as a prelude to the election campaign period.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno went to Barangay Banaba in Tarlac City Thursday with his running mate Dr. Willie Ong and the senatorial slate of the Aksyon Demokratiko.

Moreno held a dialogue with a farmer group and presented to them his plans to use government lands nationwide for their benefit, as well as the fisherfolks, in case he wins the elections.

“Naisip ko hindi ako totosgas. Hindi na ako gagastos para bumili ng lupa. Ang gagastusan ko na lang magtatag ako ng cold storage facility para sa dalawang industriya. Gulay tinanong mo, isasabay ko na dito ang isda,” Moreno said.

Labor leader Leody de Guzman, meanwhile, will also focus on the agricultural sector.

He said that, although he doesn’t have the machinery in running his candidacy, he is still hoping for the support of the farmers come election day.

“Buong Pilipinas yan. Forty-five million yan. May 11 million na magsasaka at yan rin ang pangunahing paglilingkuran. Plano ko na buhusan ng pondo ang ating magsasaka at mangingisda para tiyakin yung food security o availablity ng pagkain,” de Guzman said.

Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban Cusi Wing) presidential bet Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, on the other hand, said he will push for the amendment of the Constitution, particularly its economic provisions.

He said he will advocate for a more welcoming business climate in the country that will encourage foreign investments.

“Yung restrictive economic provisions sa ating Constitution ay dadagdagan natin ng phrase na ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to give the Senate [Congress] a leeway to decide on yung pagpasok ng mga foreign investments dito, lalong-lalo na sa ownership ng mga lands,” Bato said.

For presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo, as reflected by the color pink, her leadership will be evident through her gentle manner of speaking, working, and reaching out to the people.

These, she said, must also be reflected in the way of life of every Filipino.

“Tayong lahat ang nagdadala nito. Kailangan nating isalamin ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pink habang suot natin ito. Gumawa ng mabuti, magpaabot ng tulong sa kapwa, maging mahinahon sa pagbabahagi ng ating mensahe,” Robredo said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)


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