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Go wants BuCor officials handling GCTA sacked

September 09, 2019 - Monday 7:09 PM by Jon Joaquin

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go (standing) confers with Senate President Vicente Sotto III (left) and Senator Panfilo Lacson.

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go has recommended to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra that all Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials handling the processing of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) be relieved of their duties.

Go made the recommendation during the joint public hearing on Monday by the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights, Constitutional Amendments and Revisions of Codes, Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, and Finance and Blue Ribbon Committee.

He said he personally spoke to an inmate at the New Bilibid Prison on Monday morning and got word that corrupt BuCor officials are using the GCTA as a mode of corruption by using it to extort money from unwitting prisoners with the promise that they will be released through the computation of the GCTA.

“I believe na marami ang sumakay at ginamit ito para sa corruption. Because of this, I am recommending to Secretary Guevarra, at nabanggit na rin ito ni Pangulong Duterte to relieve all BuCor officials who are handling the process of GCTA. Those who are next in rank will assume their duties,” Go said.

He said he wants to give the authorities the chance to conduct an extensive investigation to get to the bottom of the corruption issie.

Go also called on prisoners who are being victimized to seek his help and that of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Sabi nga ni Presidente, isumbong niyo po sa kanya, papakinggan niya kayo, 24 hours a day, at sinasabi niya na pwede iparating sa akin, isumbong ninyo kay Bong,” he said.

At the same time, Go said he has received reports that some inmates have been moved into the New Bilibid Prison Hospital by faking their illness and buying the so-called “hospital referral pass” from BuCor employees.

“They fake illness so they can be admitted to the hospital and there the can conduct their illegal drug trading,” he said.

“It’s not just the GCTA that’s for sale. Even the hospital pass is also for sale in the Bilibid,” he added.