BuCor execs agree to lifestyle check amid GCTA mess

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 09 2019 12:15 PM | Updated as of Sep 09 2019 05:12 PM

Staff Sergeant Ramoncito Roque, head of BuCor’s documents division answers questions during the senate probe on the Good Conduct Time Allowance law on September 9, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Several Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials and personnel agreed Monday to undergo a lifestyle check after being tagged in the alleged sale of good conduct credits, which allow prisoners to leave jail ahead of the end of their respective sentences.

Staff Sergeant Ramoncito Roque, head of BuCor’s documents division, Correctional Senior Ins. Maria Belinda Bansil at Corrections Officer 3 Veronica Buño, also agreed to Sen. Risa Hontiveros’ request during a Senate inquiry to submit their respective statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) in the last 6 years.

BuCor legal division chief Fredric Anthony Santos also agreed to submit his SALNs.

Witness Yolanda Camilon earlier tagged Roque, Bansil, and Buño in the alleged good conduct time allowance (GCTA) for sale scheme at the New Bilibid Prison.

Camilon, a wife of an inmate at the national penitentiary’s minimum security compound, said Roque’s group offered to work on her husband’s early release for P50,000.

The release did not push through, prompting Camilon to come out in public.

Roque denied Camilon’s allegations during last Thursday’s Senate hearing.

Bansil and Buño also denied involvement in the alleged scheme, saying they had no say in the processing of a prisoner’s records.

A 2013 law expanding the GCTA for prisoners recently came under scrutiny following reports that it could benefit Antonio Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna convicted in 1990's rape-murder case that was among the most followed in the country.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo Lacson said witnesses have also surfaced to testify that hospital passes and several other prison benefits were being sold at the NBP.

Sotto said some BuCor officials and personnel were also involved in the so-called “tanim-kaso” scheme at the national penitentiary where inmates due for release are asked to pay in exchange for the dismissal of fabricated charges.