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Faeldon off to private sector, Duterte says

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, September 10, said he will no longer reappoint dismissed Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon to a new post in the government.

He said Faeldon will be working for a private corporation.

"Hindi na siguro (Perhaps, I will not)," he told Palace reporters, when asked if he would reappoint Faeldon.

"May tumanggap na sa kanya. Private corporation (He has been accepted. He will work in a private corporation)," he added.

Duterte demanded Faeldon's immediate resignation on September 4, 2019 amid allegations of anomalous releases of heinous crime convicts from the New Bilibid Prison based on good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

Faeldon and other BuCor officials are being investigated by the Senate Blue Ribbon and justice committees over the granting of early freedom to high-profile inmates based on GCTA.

The Ombudsman, in a parallel investigation, has placed a total of 30 BuCor officials and personnel under preventive suspension without pay for six months while they are being investigated over charges of grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.

Heinous crime convicts are not qualified to avail of GCTA under Republic Act 10592. The implementing rules and regulations, however, allow the grant of GCTA to heinous crime convicts.

GCTA is time allowance granted to an inmate who shows good behavior on a monthly basis which is credited against an inmate's prison term.

A total of 1,914 heinous crime convicts were released from October 10, 2013 to August 13, 2019, mostly because of shortened prison terms because of GCTA.

Some of these convicts were released because they were pardoned while more than 200 were granted parole.

This was the second time Faeldon was embroiled in controversy. During his stint as Customs chief, at least P6.4 billion worth of shabu slipped past the Customs personnel, forcing him to resign in August 2017.

Duterte, however, made it clear on September 6 that he still believes in Faeldon, whom he described as a "decent man." (SunStar Philippines)


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