Kings in Bilibid 'bungalows': Lacson says GCTA process could lead to massive corruption


Posted at Aug 29 2019 11:20 AM

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Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he wants a closer look at the process of computing good conduct time allowance (GCTA) of convicts, saying the process could lead to massive corruption inside the Bureau of Corrections.

Lacson said Republic Act No. 10592, which approves GCTA for convicts, allows jail officials, including wardens of provincial, district, municipal or city jails, to grant good conduct time allowance to inmates.

BuCor Director Nicanor Faeldon earlier said up to 11,000 New Bilibid Prison inmates could benefit from the new law.

"Ilagay mo na lang sa P10,000 ang bawat isang bibigyan nang parole, aba, katakot-takot na pera naman 'yung 11,000 preso," Lacson told radio DZMM.

"Ang discretion ay nandun lamang sa Bureau of Corrections," he added.

Lacson said corruption inside Bilibid is well-known, with drug convicts earlier reported to be enjoying the high life while in jail.

One convict, rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez, was about to be released due to GCTA despite smuggling shabu inside a statue of the Virgin Mary before his release was rejected by President Duterte.

"Marami nang naimbestigahan na ang drug lords namumuhay na maluho pa kaysa doon sa nasa labas kasi may kubol, bungalow, flatscreen tv at maraming pribilehiyo. 'Yung iba nakakalabas pa na hindi maipaliwanag, nakakagawa pa nang krimen habang nasa labas," Lacson said.

The Department of Justice earlier said BuCor has already started processing cases of persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in 1993, with around 200 PDLs processed daily.

Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, also warned the GCTA law could be used to set free some 300 kidnap-for-ransom convicts that he successfully jailed during his time as a police official.

He said at least 83 kidnap-for-ransom cases involving some 300 convicts were successfully prosecuted and jailed during his time with the PNP.

Families of the kidnap victims are now apprehensive upon hearing news that some 11,000 prisoners are expected to be released due to the GCTA.

"Takot na takot sila nun. Ang hirap mag convince para magreport pero dahil nagreport sila, na-convict 'yung mga tao. Eh kung lumabas sila, baka balikan sila," he said.