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GCTA for sale? Impossible

Hananeel Bordey



Suspended Bureau of Corrections legal division chief Frederic Santos (L) and other resource persons await the start of the Senate hearing on Thursday. (Hana Bordey)

Despite testimonies in the Senate that say otherwise, suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal division chief Frederic Santos denied the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law is for sale.

Santos said it is impossible to sell the GCTA as its computation is computerized.

“Di ko alam e. ‘Di mo mababayaran ‘yun kasi ito pa isa kapag may violation ‘dun mo lang siya mababawasan. Madadagadagan mo lang siya sa taas lang. Ang accumulated GCTA, standard yun,” Santos said in an ambush interview.

He also refuted Senator Panfilo Lacson’s information claims that he was seen “jamming” with Chinese inmates and he allegedly using drugs.

Santos claimed these claims were made due to the cases he filed against the inmates, part of his job as legal division chief.

“Marami akong nakasuhan ng drug cases, ng illegal possession of firearms siyempre may ax to grind ‘yung mga yun sa akin,” he said.

He also added that he became a “keeper” inside the National Bilibid Prison that’s why he was associated with activities of Chinese detainees.

“It just so happened na matagal akong keeper. Ang keeper ang trabaho niyan i-account ang mga bilanggo kung kumpleto pa sila, kung ano ginagawa, kumain na sila, kung buhay pa sila. Kasi accountable ka sa kanila kung nandiyan pa sila e. Mamaya kaunti, distracted ka tapos yun pala may patay na,” Santos further explained.

Yolanda Camilon, a common-law wife of NBP inmate Godfrey Gamboa, earlier accused BuCor officials Ramoncito Roque, Maria Belinda Bansil and Veronica Buño of receiving bribe money as much as P50,000 for the early release of her partner.

Santos also said he is not aware of the alleged hospital pass for sale happening inside the NBP compound.

Despite all the allegations, Santos will not file charges against his accusers.

“Wala. Ang sabi ng Supreme Court, ang public servant hindi dapat onion-skinned. We welcome investigation para malaman ‘yung side mo,” said Santos, among the 27 BuCor officials suspended by the Ombudsman in the aftermath director-general Nicanor Faeldon’s dismissal.

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