(SEPTEMBER 19, 2019) – The Senate on Thursday ordered the release of three detained Bureau of Corrections officals allegedly linked to anomalies inside the agency, a week after being cited in contempt by the Senate blue ribbon committee.
Committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon signed the release order of legal chief Frederic Santos, documents section chief Ramoncito Roque and New Bilibid Prison hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas.
“Pursuant to the provision on the Order of Arrest that they will be released if and when they cleaned themselves of their contumacious conduct and testify truthfully, the committee hearby orders [their] immediate release,” the release order said.
Gordon said one of the three officials had given a document containing a few other revelations to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.
The three were cited in contempt and detained last week for being evasive in the Senate committee’s investigation on the early release of heinous crime convicts through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law and about other illegal money-making schemes in the agency.
“Ang nakakainis lang kasi is if you ask them a question, parang hindi nila alam kung anong nangyayari. They think we’re fools that we don’t know what is going on,” Gordon said.
Former BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon will also not be required to attend subsequent hearings by the Senate committee.
The committee has also decided that BuCor officer 3 Veronica Buño and Senior Inspector Maribel Bansil will not be cited in contempt because both had been cooperative during the executive session. (Randell Ritumalta/JMF)