Felons on Facebook: Some convicts active on social media from behind bars - Lacson

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Posted at Sep 09 2019 12:43 PM

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Some prisoners surf social media from behind bars, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Monday, ahead of the resumption of a Senate inquiry into the questionable release of some heinous crime convicts based on good conduct credits.

A Senate witness, Yolanda Camilon, said last week prison guards charge P100 to P200 to smuggle cellphones and other contraband items to inmates.

Lawmakers last week were supposed to show photos of inmates using cellphones, said Lacson. Among them, he said, were the killers of car dealer Venson Evangelista, whose burned body was found in 2012.

"Hindi nga lang namin naipakita dahil walang tiyempo. Mismong iyong pumatay sa anak ni [Arsenio 'Boy'] Evangelista sa PACC, iyong sinunog sa kotse, katakot-takot sa Facebook ang posting e," Lacson told radio DZMM.

"May selfie pa... Baka hindi lang cellphone [ang gamit], baka may iPad pa iyon."

(We were not able to show it because of the lack of right timing. The killer of the son of Arsenio Evanglista of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), the one who burned his car, posts a lot on Facebook. There's even a selfie. He could be using an iPad, not just a cellphone.)

Brothers Roger and Raymond Dominguez, leaders of a carjacking syndicate, were tagged as the masterminds in Evangelista's killing.

The GCTA, which was expanded under a 2013 law, came under fire that it could benefit Antonio Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna convicted in 1995 for the rape-slay of college student Eileen Sarmenta and killing of her companion Allan Gomez 2 years earlier.

Camilon last week also claimed she paid P50,000 to 3 Bureau of Corrections personnel for her husband to be freed based on good conduct time allowance.

The alleged corruption inside BuCor extends to payments for hospital passes, transfer to the maximum security compounds, and even inmates' food, said Lacson.

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