3 BuCor And NBP Officials Under Senate Custody For 1 Week

As the BuCor probe continues in the Senate, the investigating panel cited for contempt BuCor documents and records chief Ramoncito Roque, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and NBP Technical Chief Inspector Ursicio Cenas, upon Senator Ronald Dela Rosa’s motion on Thursday.  

Cited for contempt

The three officials from Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and New Bilibid Prison (NBP) earned a contempt citation for not telling the truth during the legislative investigation and will have to stay in the Senate for at least one week according to Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Friday.

The next hearing on the alleged anomalies at the state penitentiary is scheduled on September 19.  “Doon puwedeng i-decide kung puwede na silang palabasin o hindi. Depende kung ano ‘yung magiging demeanor or attitude nila doon sa susunod na pagdinig,” Lacson said in an interview.

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Grave misconduct and neglect of duty and conduct

Roque was accused of receiving cash to process the inmates’ good conduct time allowance (GCTA) and was reprimanded for errors in a BuCor list of heinous crime convicts who served reduced sentences in line with the GCTA Law.

Santos was questioned for granting GCTA credits to inmates. To recall, more than 1, 900 heinous crime convicts were released in connection to the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law implemented since 2014.

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Cenas was accused of allegedly receiving bribes for allowing a graft convict, former Valencia City, Bukidnon mayor Jose Galario, Jr., to stay at the prison hospital in exchange of money.

On Monday, September 9, Roque and Santos were two of the 27 BuCor officials who were suspended by the Ombudsman for six months without pay. They were charged with grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service in connection to the GCTA scandal.

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Detained until able to ‘satisfactorily explain’

Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon, the chairman of the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee said the three prison officials will stay in the senate “until they are able to satisfactorily explain” why their confinement and contempt should cease.

“Because of the contempt motion that has been unanimously approved without objection, the Chair orders the confinement of the 3 individuals until they are able to satisfactorily explain to the Senate why their period of confinement and contempt should simply be discontinued,” Gordon said.

Source: GMA News