Go wants 'killer' for BuCor head position


Posted at Sep 12 2019 12:56 AM

MANILA - Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go on Wednesday said he wants a "killer" to step in as chief of the embattled Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) after its former head Nicanor Faeldon was sacked last week by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Basta ako nirerecommend ko kay Pangulo [na] mamuno dyan sa BuCor, killer. Ang mamumuno ng BuCor dapat killer," Go told reporters.

Go said he had some people in mind, who are retired uniformed officials. But he did not give further details about his recommendation.

"Former military o kaya pulis, basta killer," he said.

Faeldon was sacked by the President after he approved the release of several heinous-crime convicts under the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, which makes inmates eligible for early release depending on their behavior in prison.

Critics, along with authors of the law, have argued that heinous-crime convicts are excluded from the coverage of the GCTA law.

Some 2,000 heinous-crime convicts have been released under the said law since 2014, igniting public uproar and official scrutiny of the law.

Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, Go's closest ally in the Senate, previously admitted he released some 120 heinous-crime convicts during his stint as BuCor chief in 2018.