President Duterte Fires BuCor Chief Faeldon & Orders Released Convicts To Surrender
RODRIGO DUTERTE – President Rodrigo Duterte fired Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon on Wednesday for insubordination.
The President stated that he demanded the resignation of Faeldon immediately. He added that Faeldon had to go for disobeying his orders.
Duterte said that he wanted the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate Faeldon and other BuCor officials. The President then stated that he suspected there was corruption amidst some of the releases under the Good Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
On a swiftly called press briefing on Wednesday, Duterte stated that Faeldon violated his instructions. “He said he was placing his destiny in my hands”, Duterte added.
Faeldon tried to justify the computations for the reduced sentences under the GCTA, which may be correct, Duterte said. Although he then added that when a President issues a command, it should be followed.
“I am a Marine and a Marine does what he is told”, said Faeldon in a statement. He added that he had no hard feelings following his Commander in Chief’s order.
In a press briefing taken from an ABS-CBN Live stream, he addressed the issue regarding the released convicts under the GCTA law. Duterte said he would give them 15 days to surrender and register themselves to the BuCor.
President Duterte added that if they do not cooperate, they would be considered fugitives evading the law. He told the convicts that they should surrender themselves to the nearest police or military detachments.
Duterte stated that he was contemplating on whether or not he would raise a P1-million bounty for the released convicts charged for heinous crimes. He said he would have his decide in three days.
Bureau of Corrections records showed over 1,900 convicts released under the Good Conduct and Time Allowance law. The President however, only mentioned 1,700 released convicts.
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