Freed convicts fearing for lives due to erroneous BuCor list: Gordon

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Posted at Sep 12 2019 11:51 AM | Updated as of Sep 12 2019 11:55 AM

MANILA - Freed convicts under the good conduct time allowance law who have served their sentences are fearing for their lives due to the erroneous list from the Bureau of Corrections, Sen. Richard Gordon said Thursday.

The bureau earlier submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee its list of more than 2,000 heinous crime convicts released on account of good conduct since October 2013.

At a Senate hearing, Gordon said the list contains errors, citing the inclusion of plunder convict Janet Lim Napoles who is allegedly charged with rape on BuCor's list.

"Yung mga listahang pinadala ng bureau of prisons sa amin dito ay talagang hindi papasa," he said.

(The lists that the bureau of prisons sent to us would not pass.)

He said 197 of around 800 heinous crime convicts released during the stint of sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon contained false information.

Gordon also said the list did not indicate prisoners with commuted sentence, citing the case of Warren Zingapan who was convicted of murder for the death of a law student at the University of the Philippines.

"Ngayon alam niyo nangyayari, hinahabol ng pulis 'yang mga 'yan at pinababalik dahil nasa listahan niyo," Gordon said.

(You know what's happening, the police are looking for them and ordering them to return to prison because of your list.)

"'Yang mga 'yan natatakot baka raw sila i-salvage, samantalang nagbayad na sila ng utang sa (society)."

(They are scared of killed being when they have paid their dues to society.)

Staff Sergeant Ramoncito Roque, who heads the BuCor's documents division, said the list the bureau submitted to the Senate was done hastily.

"Mabilisan pong pinagawa sa amin. Magpress-conference po kasi sa Palawan during the time kaya di po namin nacheck nang mabuti," he said.

(They asked us to rush it. There was a press conference in Palawan during the time which was why we were not able to check the list well.)

Gordon, however, said this was not an excuse.

"Dapat inaalagan niyo yung listahan niyo. Lalong lumalaki tuloy ang sunog, lalong nawawalan ng tiwala ang tao sa ating gobyerno. Dahil balasubas ang pagkagawa niyo," he said.

(You should take care of your list. The fire is becoming bigger, the people are losing trust in our government because of your poor work.)

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a 15-day ultimatum for the heinous crime convicts to surrender and said those who miss the deadline would face warrantless arrests.

The Philippine National Police earlier said it would use force in case the subject convicts resist arrest.