President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night dismissed Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon after the latter approved the release of several heinous crime convicts.
The President fired Faeldon during a press briefing in Malacanang in response to a reporter’s question if he would terminate Faeldon’s services to the BuCor.
Duterte earlier asked the BuCor chief to resign before changing his mind in the same press briefing.
Faeldon came under fire after news surfaced that his agency had approved convicted rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez’s release based on good conduct while in prison and was supposed to be released last August after earning enough good conduct time allowance (GCTA), which allows the early release of convicts.
But the release of Sanchez did not push through following public outrage.
To recall, Faeldon admitted he signed an order that supposedly started the processing of Sanchez’s release, but insisted he had no choice but to follow Republic Act 10592, the 2013 law which increased GCTA to cover detention time.