MANILA -- (UPDATE) Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon may again face detention at the Senate should he skip Monday's inquiry over the questionable application of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.
Faeldon was detained at the Senate for contempt from September 2017 to March 2018 over the P6.4-billion drug haul from China.
Senator Franklin Drilon said Faeldon may again be held in contempt if he fails to provide a valid excuse in skipping the hearing.
"Mayroon siyang subpoena kaya dapat magpaliwanag si Faeldon kung bakit hindi siya dapat i-detain sa Senado. Sa akin, hilingin ang paliwanag," he told radio DZBB.
"Kung walang justifiable reason, dapat i-detain siya hanggang sumagot siya sa mga tanong ng mga senador."
The Senate has summoned Faeldon over the release of some 1,900 convicts and the supposed release of rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez.
Drilon said the release of the convicts needed clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) as it has the authority to review, reverse, or modify the BuCor's decisions, especially in cases of detainees sentenced to life imprisonment like Sanchez.
"Ibig sabihin, 'yung pagka-release dahilan sa GCTA ay invalid, dahil walang approval at puwedeng hulihin ulit 'yung mga na-release," he said.
"Itong 1,914 prisoners convicted of heinous crime, pwede silang bumalik sa kulungan dahilan sa hindi ito dumaan sa DOJ."
Drilon said it was time for President Rodrigo Duterte to remove Faeldon as BuCor director-general, a sentiment his colleagues Senate President Tito Sotto III and Sen. Risa Hontiveros share.
"Alam mo, kahit saan siya pumunta mayroong controversy. Mukhang tuloy pag-iisipan mo kung dahilan ba sa kanya iyan. Siguro naman panahon na para palitan si Faeldon," he said.