Faeldon skips Senate inquiry after firing

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2019 10:49 AM

MANILA - Former Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon on Thursday skipped a Senate inquiry, a day after he was fired by President Rodrigo Duterte over alleged irregularities in the granting of good conduct credits for prisoners.

Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the Blue Ribbon committee probing the alleged anomaly, said Faeldon’s lawyer sent a message asking permission to skip the hearing.

Gordon said while it’s important for Faeldon to attend the hearing, "our present attitude is to be magnanimous in the meantime unless there are other information that may come up that will require his presence again."

Faeldon's tenure at the BuCor came under fire after the agency allegedly abused its power in granting good conduct time allowance to prisoners, including convicted rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez.

He said he merely followed the implementing rules of the 2013 law that expanded good conduct credits for prisoners of good standing, but several senators cited irregularities in the law’s application, as heinous-crime convicts were also freed.