MANILA—Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday urged Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon to take a leave of absence while facing investigation over the alleged questionable application of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.
"I know that Undersecretary Faeldon is a good man and has served his country well, but I really think that he can spare the president and this administration from embarrassment by taking a leave of absence," Pacquiao said in a statement.
"Besides, the president is unnecessarily dragged into this whole mess being the appointing authority. If Usec. Faeldon truly respects the president, he must do the right thing. I'm pretty sure everything will work out for him in the end," the senator added.
Pacquiao also questioned the alleged practice of jail officials selling freedom to prisoners or "GCTA for sale."
"Sa ngayon, kuwentong barbero lang yang 'GCTA for sale' na sinasabi nila dahil wala pa naman silang maipakitang ebidensiya," Pacquiao said.
Amid public outrage over the release of heinous crime convicts, the senator renewed calls to reinstate death penalty in the country.
He said criminals like former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted in the rape and killing of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez in 1995, should be "quickly and justly punished" with the death penalty.
"This GCTA law should be reviewed and should only cover petty crimes. On the other hand, this controversy should already serve as a wake up call for Congress to finally approved re-imposition of death penalty on certain heinous crimes," Pacquiao said.