Text messages show transaction over prison credits: NBI probe

Christian Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2019 12:12 PM

MANILA - Two prison officers appeared to have transacted with the common-law wife of an inmate for his early release, an examination into their mobile phones showed, as senators sought to tighten the noose around officials tagged in the alleged sale of good conduct credits.

Witness Yolanda Camilon exchanged text messages with Veronica Buño and Benilda Bansil of the Bureau of Corrections on Feb. 21 this year, the National Bureau of Investigation told a Senate inquiry.

Camilon earlier claimed she was asked P50,000 to shorten the prison term of her common-law husband.

She allegedly transacted with Buño, Bansil, and documents section chief Ramoncito Roque, as shown by text messages and phone conversations earlier cited in the Senate hearing.

“Kung magmamatigas si Ma’am Buño, willing ako mag-lie detector test,” Camilon told senators.

Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of the blue ribbon committee, pressed Buño to tell the truth about her transactions with Camilon, saying the senators’ “patience is running thin.”

Gordon later instructed the NBI to serve the court order to examine the contents of Buño’s mobile phone, which was passcode-protected. Buño promptly provided the code when presented the order during the hearing.

“Nagsisinungling ka nang sinabi mo na wala kayong usapan,” he told Buño.