MANILA, Philippines – Former police and military generals are in the running to become the next Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said there are 5 or 6 aspirants who are now being considered for the post vacated by former Bucor Director Gaudencio Pangilinan.
Former Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) chief Rosendo Dial is one of the serious contenders for the post, said de Lima, but she refused to name others who are on the shortlist.
Dial is now working with the Department of Interior and Local Government.
De Lima said BuCor OIC Director Rafael Ragos is not interested in the post.
"Dir. Ragos is not applying and he has not told me that he is interested," she said.
De Lima also said the complaint filed against Ragos for allegedly meddling with an NBI clearance project has no basis at all.
Ragos is concurrently the NBI Deputy Director for Comptrollership.
Ragos is believed to have delayed the payment due a contractor of an NBI Clearance project due to some technical concerns, said de Lima.
"But why fault him? He is just trying to protect the interest of government, the interest of NBI," she said.
She said Ragos would not have acted with control over NBI finances if there were no orders from her or others higher in the bureau.
De Lima explained that for 2013, the target is for NBI to be able to operate clearances without the need to hire a private contractor.
"Kumukuha lang ng tamang tao for the system, hindi na kailangang ibi-bid-out pa, mas makakatipid, mas makakasiguro sa operations ng clearances as long as we have the right people," she said. "Napapansin ko kasi pinagaagawan ‘yung kontrata, kapag pinagaagawan, ‘yan ang cause, ‘yan ang window for corruption,” said de Lima.