New Bureau of Corrections chief taking over in 2 days, says DOJ

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2019 08:23 PM

MANILA - Newly-designated Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag is expected to take over the controversial agency within 2 days, or until he has finished completing his requirements, an official said.

“Just a few more requirements I think. We think it will be accomplished if not today, then probably tomorrow,” Department of Justice Spokesperson Usec. Markk Perete said Thursday.

“As long as requirements are there, he can assume immediately,” he added.
 
Among these requirements is a memorandum of agreement between the DOJ and DILG and between the BJMP and BuCor.

“Because this is going to be a designation. As you all know, he is with the BJMP and he is only being designated as director general of the Bureau of Corrections. Among the requirements would be a memorandum of agreement between the DOJ and the DILG as well as the BJMP and the BuCor to make it effective,” he explained.

“His status is as an incoming director general,” he added.

Perete said that once appointed, Bantag will be in charge of the BuCor’s revamp.
 
“[O]nce the designation of DG Bantag becomes effective, then he will be the one making those movement of those individuals because that power is being lodged in the director general,” he said.

This revamp may include those who are doing the recomputation of the GCTAs.

“Recomputation is now being done by those next in rank who assumed after the suspension order was issued by the Office of the Ombudsman. We’ll see. It’s really the call of the new director general,” he said.

Perete explained that the DOJ’s participation in the revamp will be limited.

"Since we do not have control over the Bureau of Corrections, then, necessarily, the power of appointment or designation, medyo constrained yung manner of intervention," he said.