MANILA - Former Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon should not be transferred to another agency after he was fired following public outcry over the implementation of good conduct credits for inmates, a lawmaker said Thursday.
Faeldon had served three positions in government and many had questioned why he was still around, said Sen. Sonny Angara, one of the authors of the Good Conduct Time Allowance or GCTA law.
"Wag naman sana. Wag na lang sana diba kasi if he wanted to serve, he served already, kung saan siya pumunta medyo nagkagulo eh. Mas maganda siguro wag na lang," Angara told ANC's Early Edition.
(I hope not. Let's hope not because if he wanted to serve, he served already. Wherever he went, there was trouble. I think it would be better if he's not transferred.)
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday fired Faeldon following public outrage over the early release of 1,914 heinous crime convicts since 2014 and the supposed release of convicted rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez.
A former mutineer, Faeldon was initially appointed as chief of the Bureau of Customs. It was under his watch when billions worth of shabu slipped past port inspections.
He quit the Customs' top post in 2017 and had a short stint at the Office of Civil Defense before heading the BuCor in late 2018, succeeding Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.
Duterte ordered the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate BuCor officials who have been with the agency since 2015. Angara said authorities should look into cases that may be filed against Faeldon.
"Sa ngayon, wala pa naman ako nakikita (Right now, I don't see any yet). Unless they discover some sort of bribery," Angara said.