The Director General of the Bureau of Corrections Nicanor Faeldon has been painted in mainstream and social media by critics of the Duterte administration as the bad guy, the corrupt government official who benefited financially from the released of thousands of prisoners convicted of heinous crimes.
Senator Ping Lacson was among the firsts to raise the issue of corruption in the implementation of the GCTA (Good Conduct Time Allowance) law.
In an interview with DZMM, Lacson asked the public to do the math. For example, if there are 11,000 prisoners and each of the prisoners pay P10,000 in exchange for parole equals P110,000,000.
“Ilagay mo na lang sa P10,000 ang bawat isang bibigyan nang parole, aba, katakot-takot na pera naman ‘yung 11,000 preso,” Lacson told radio DZMM.
Meanwhile, lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles has taken to Facebook to debunk insinuations from Lacson, opposition critics and mainstream media that Faeldon signed the release papers of former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez and the k!ller-r@pist of the Chiong sisters from Bilibid prison and the freedom of thousands of prisoners convicted of heinous crimes in exchange for money.
In fairness, Angeles did not directly addressed Lacson in the Facebook post, but it is safe to conclude that the DDS lawyer’s response was directed at Faeldons’ critics.
Angeles argued that Faeldon was merely doing his job and when he assumed the position, he merely implemented the processes he inherited from the previous admin.
Angeles reminded the public that the GCTA law has been in place since 2013 and that includes prisoners convicted of heinous crimes (r@pe, m*rder, kidn@pping (with qualifications) destructive ars0n).
Angeles pointed out that this practice started when Senator Leila de Lima was the DOJ Secretary.
You may read lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles full FB post below.
Teka, medyo may naghihito sa isyu ng RA 10592 to make it look like it is the Duterte administation responsible for the 20k prisoners release under Good Conduct Time Allowance.
Some networks are making it look like USec Faeldon released Sanchez and those who are serving time for the killing and rape of the Chiong sisters. Faeldon has denied his signature on the alleged release orders.
Una, yng pag apply ng batas to INCLUDE heinous crimes (Sec. 1, RA 10592) was already being done since the law came into effect in 2013.
Ulitin natin. Yung mga na convict of heinous crimes, ang practise since 2013, ay isama sa batas na ito. Ito ay dahil sa Sec. 1 inaamyendahan lang niya ang Sec. 29 ng Revised Penal Code na ang subject ay preventive imprisonment.
Regardless of whether tama o hndi ang pagbasa ng Sec. 1, yung practise na isama ang crimes like rape, murder, kidnapping (with qualifications) destructive arson etc ay inumpisahan nuong 2013.
Sino ang Secretary of Justice nuon? Leila Delima.
Nung nagumpisang manungkulan si USec Faeldon, andyan na yan, at malamang sinundan lang nila yung prosesong na establish na sa dating administrasyon,
Ngayon na sinasabing hindi magaapply ang RA 10592 sa heinous crimes, itinigil ni SoJ Guevarra at ni USec Faeldon ang execution ng batas para ma review ang mga current cases, at aralin kung ano ang gagawin sa mga napakawalan na.
Note: yung ruling ng Korte Suprema nung June 2019 at tunkol lamang sa mga na convict prior to the law, prior to 2013. Ibig sabihn nito, kahit hndi pa nag rule ang SC nuon, umaandar na yung batas, for those convicted under the effectivity of this law.
Note further: ang nag usbong ng batas na ito, ang mga responsable para sa napakalinaw na pag draft (sarcasm ini) ay ang dating administrasyn, ang mga sumulong ng kaso para maisama ang mga na convict prior to 2013 (including the Chiong murderers and former Mayor Sanchez et al) ay sina Atty. Rene Saguisag et al (according to Boss Jonathan de la Cruz in Karambola, FLAG lawyers rin daw)