MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Nicanor Faeldon as the new Bureau of Correction (BuCor) chief, replacing Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa who vacated the post and is now running for Senate.
According to the law, Dela Rosa is considered resigned from his post after he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Friday (October 12).
Faeldon is the incumbent deputy administrator of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).
He formerly served as the commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) however, he left his post after he got involved in the controversy over the P6.4 billion shabu smuggling case on May 2017. — UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has adopted the recommendation of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee to file charges against officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) over the alleged abusive implementation of the Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.
In the Committee Report No. 42 sponsored by Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday, the panel recommended the filing of charges against former BuCor director general Nicanor Faeldon, BuCor Documents and Record Section chief Ramoncito “Chito” Roque, Corrections Senior Inspector Ma. Benilda “Mabel” Bansil, and Corrections Officer Veronica “Boday” Buno.
Also recommended to be charged were Bilibid Directorate for Health Services director Dr. Ernesto Tamayo, Medical Officer Dr. Ursicio Cenas and Nursing Attendant Meryl Benitez.
The panel wants Faeldon charged for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) for committing nonfeasance in not complying with the requirements of Department Order No. 953; Roque, Bansil and Buno for accepting money for the promise of early release of prisoners; and Tamayo, Cenas, and Benitez for accepting money in order for PDLs to be confined in the New Bilibid Prison Hospital.
“The New Bilibid Prison became a place of vulnerability. Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL), while they deserve to be in prison because of their crimes, does not mean that they should be exploited and be taken advantage of. Their vulnerable situation makes them prone to the many extortions done inside the Bilibid,” Gordon said.
To reform the penal system, the committee also recommended that:
There should be a Model System of Penology;
There should be full digitalization of the carpetas, which should be accessible to the public or the families of the concerned parties;
There should be transparency, especially with regard to the computation of time allowances and release of prisoners;
Full digitization of all prisoner records is a must;
Digitalizing records of BuCor and BJMP employees and personnel for easy monitoring and filing;
The New Bilibid Hospital should be maintained and be well-equipped with adequate medical services;
There should be an operations center which can monitor every prisoner;
The use of artificial intelligence, digital and video analytics with command center independent from each other, inside our prison facilities to ensure that the PDLs, guards, employees are constantly monitored; and
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa confirmed on Wednesday (January 22) that the United States (US) has cancelled his visa.
Dela Rosa said he was informed about the cancellation of his visa when he made an inquiry about his visa status on Monday (January 20).
“I received their official answer […] informing me that my visa is no longer valid for travel to the United States,” he said in an interview.
The Senator also said the US Embassy did not provide any reason regarding the cancellation of his visa or until when the visa will remain canceled. However, he can still reapply for another visa.
“No reason was stated,” Dela Rosa said. “Should I want to apply for another visa, I may apply.”
A resolution was filed before the upper chamber of the US Congress which allows the US Executive Branch to impose travel restrictions and sanctions against human rights violators including officials involved in the detention of former Senator Leila de Lima.
However, there is still no confirmation if Dela Rosa’s canceled visa is related to the said resolution.—AAC
Former Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon allegedly attempted to realign the supposed portion of the agency’s budget which was allocated for the rehabilitation of the prison facilities in Davao, Palawan, and Zamboanga which costs P1-Billion.
This was revealed on Wednesday (November 20) during the Senate hearing on the proposed budget of the Department of Justice.
Senator Sonny Angara said Faeldon purportedly wanted to divert the budget for the Sablayan Detention Facilities in Mindoro.
“He even wrote me asking for the realignment but we told him its not proper for the committee to do that,” Angara said.
Senator Franklin Drilon said although there was nothing wrong with Faeldon’s letter to the Budget Department on his proposed realignment, his intention at that time was dubious.
“But at that time of before the last election, we heard that he was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request the realign P1 billion (part of P1 billion) to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro is become suspect,” Drilon added. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
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