Gordon: Automated system, checks and balance needed to improve BuCor


Posted at Sep 07 2019 05:38 PM

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MANILA—Several inmates convicted of heinous crimes were freed under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) scheme because of corruption, and the lack of checks and balances in the Bureau of Corrections, a senator said Saturday.

The hours-long Senate hearings established that the BuCor has not been observing the stipulations of the GCTA law, Senate blue ribbon committee chair Richard Gordon told DZMM's "Omaga Diaz Report."

"Nakikita natin na walang checks and balance sa BuCor kung saan dine-delegate ang pagpapalabas ng preso," he said.

"Hindi man lang sinasabihan yung mga biktima, e required yun sa Board of Pardons and Parole."

The loose system in the corrections bureau could be fixed by automating inmates' files, Gordon said.

"Dapat meron tayong computers. Parang sa school, nakarehistro ang pangalan, nandu'n lahat ng grades, kung nasuspinde ka," he said.

Gordon's suggestion comes after lawmakers found that thousands of rapists, drug lords and murderers were freed by the BuCor through the GCTA policy, even if it does not cover heinous crimes.

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all inmates who benefited from the GCTA law to surrender themselves or be hunted down by authorities.