(SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Gerald Bantag, a former Parañaque City Jail warden indicted for the murder of 10 “high-profile” inmates in 2016, as the new Bureau of Corrections director-general.
Bantag, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) regional director for MIMAROPA, was picked based on his professional competence and honesty, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
It was not known if his murder case was resolved.
“The Palace is behind the President’s decision and is confident that DG Bantag will continue the Administration’s campaign against corruption as he spearheads reform initiatives in the Bureau,” Panelo said in a statement.
He will replace Nicanor Faeldon, who was sacked weeks ago by the President over anomalies surrounding the granting of good conduct time allowances (GCTA) to inmates, as well as other corruption schemes during his time.
Bantag also served as Manila City Jail warden, before his BJMP post.
The announcement came a day after the revised implementing rules and regulations of the GCTA law was signed by the Departments of Justice and Interior and Local Government.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, meanwhile, welcomed the new appointment.
“The President is not required to consult me before making this appointment. I’m sure the President has good reasons for appointing Gerald Bantag as the new BuCor chief,” Guevarra said. (Randell Ritumalta/MM)