Dela Rosa takes oath as BuCor Chief

Marje Pelayo   •   May 11, 2018   •   3163

 

Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa takes his oath of office before newly-installed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

MANILA, Philippines – Former Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa was officially sworn into office Friday, May 11, as the new head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor.)

As he accepts his new job, Dela Rosa is confident that he can accomplish what is expected of him specifically in clearing the country’s penitentiaries of traces of illegal drugs.

Sige lang. Bigyan ninyo lang ako ng time. I will institute immediate reforms without cost to the government. Hanapan ko ng paraan iyan. Diskarte ko na iyan…ang importante mapahinto talaga ang drug transaction sa loob,” the new BuCor chief said.

(Just give me time. I will institute immediate reforms without cost to the government. I will find a way. The important thing is to stop drug transactions inside.)

Dela Rosa said it would be easier to discipline the drug lords inside detention cells as they have nowhere else to go, a task which he said is far more different than when he was still the PNP chief.

“Sa PNP ang kalaban hinahanap pa namin, ibang criminal. Hindi pa namin kilala nasa labas. Ito ngayon sa BuCor ang kalaban ko ang kriminal nasa loob mismo,” he said.

(In the PNP, we had to hunt down our enemies.  But in the BuCor, my criminal enemies are all inside.)

Bato plans to assign separate detention cells for foreign and Filipino drug lords inside the penitentiary to further prevent drug transactions in BuCor.

“So kung i-segregate mo iyong supply side, iyong mga Chinese, hindi sila makipag-communicate dito sa mga Pilipino na drug distributor hanggang supply lang sila. Ito namang sa side ng Filipino drug lords, kapag walang supply na makarating, kahit na anong demand sa labas, gaano kalakas ang demand, wala silang supply,” Dela Rosa explained.

(So if you segregate the supply side, the Chinese, they won’t be able to communicate with the Filipino distributors, they’re stuck with the supply. When it comes to the Filipino drug lords, if there’s no supply reaching them , regardless of the demand outside, they have nothing to give.)

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) as BuCor’s supervising agency expressed full support to the plans and advocacies of the new BuCor head.

“We’ll make sure that the Bucor will have the substantial adjustment for increase in its budgetary allocation,” said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. – Mai Bermudez  | UNTV News & Rescue

BuCor launches ‘Oplan Bura Tatak’ to efface tattoos of gang members in prison

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has launched a program effacing tattoos of gang members in prison to promote peace and order.

BuCor on Wednesday (October 28) launched “Oplan Bura Tatak” in hopes of maintaining peace between the groups, or so-called ‘gangs’ at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and other penal colonies.

BuCor Chief Director General Gerald Bantag said they aim to remove gang mentality among persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

“Nandoon pa rin iyong culture nila ng gang so hindi matanggal talaga hangga’t nandun iyong mga tatak nila (The culture is still there. It will not be removed if they still have the tattoos),” he said.

The leaders of 12 groups took an oath agreeing to dismantle gangs in detention centers. Several of their members have also surrendered guns, ammunition, and other sharp weapons.

“May psychological na influence ito na maganda. Kahit papaano nararamdaman nila na seryoso tayo sa ating paghadlang sa karahasan (This will have a psychological influence which is good because [PDLs] will be able to feel that we are serious in preventing violence),” Bantag said.

During the first day of the initiative’s launch, 218 inmates had their gang tattoos removed.

Gangs in the NBP began around 1963, two groups emerged: the Sigue Sigue Gang and Oxo Original. More groups emerged throughout the years, totaling to 12 groups. BuCor said these groups would usually start disputes which lead to riots. AAC (with reports from Mac Cordova)

BuCor Chief, four other officers recover from COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2020

Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag and four other officers have recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, Dr. Henry Fabro, BuCor’s chief of Directorate for Health Service announced thatg Bantag, along with Public Information Office Chief Gabriel Chaclag and three other officers have tested negative for COVID-19. They are now officially cleared of the virus.

The said officers underwent a three-week quarantine after exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms.

Meanwhile, BuCor reported that there are 23 active cases in the agency, eight are persons deprived of liberty (PDL) while 15 are BuCor personnel.

According to the agency, strict observance of continuous rapid and swab testing has helped the BuCor in managing Covid-19 cases both for inmates and personnel. AAC

BOC, BJMP implement updated uniform manual for GCTA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2020

The Bureau of Corrections (BOC) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have started implementing the updated uniform manual for the Republic Act 10592, the Expanded Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the delay for the implementation was brought about by issues that needed to be addressed. These include the rumored possible release of rape-slay and murder convict Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez.

Based on the new Implemented Rules and Regulations (IRR), heinous crime convicts cannot benefit from the GCTA Law. The IRR also defined what can be considered as a heinous crime.

Kung wala kang guide kung ano iyong heinous crimes hindi mo malalaman kung sino ba iyong dapat mabigyan ng GCTA (If you don’t have a guide on what heinous crimes are, you will not know who should benefit from the GCTA), Guevarra said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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