BuCor officials agree to lifestyle check amid corruption allegations

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BuCor officials agree to lifestyle check amid corruption allegations

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials are willing to go through lifestyle check amid allegations of corruption in applying the policy on shortened jail time for convicts.

During the fourth Senate hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) on Monday, BuCor documents processing chief Ramoncito "Chito" Roque, correctional Senior Inspector Maria Belinda "Mabel" Bansil and corrections officer 3 Veronica "Boday" Buño agreed to submit their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth for the last six years.

Witness Yolanda Camilon, the wife of an inmate, claimed the three officials offered GCTA credits for her husband’s early release in exchange for ₱50,000.

She said in an earlier hearing that Bansil got ₱40,000 in two installments, and the first ₱10,000 paid to Roque in February. She added Buño followed up her payment as instructed by Roque.

During the hearing, Camilon again talked about the so-called "tanim kaso" scheme in BuCor where cases suddenly appear on an inmate's records. She said the bribe depends on how rich the inmates' families are.

"Nabibigyan sila ng date ng paglaya ng mga pamilya nila, then pagdating ng date na yun, doon na lumalabas yung mga pending cases nila," she said.

[Translation: The families are given the release date of their relatives, then when the release date comes, additional charges suddenly appear.]

Roque said he returned the ₱10,000 when he chanced upon Camilon days after he received the money. However, Senator Ping Lacson didn't buy his statement as the two live in houses within reach inside the Bilibid compound, such that returning the money would be easy. He added the prison official could have at the onset resisted the money and arrested Camilon for bribery.

"Hindi kapani-paniwala (It's unbelievable), it defies logic," he said.

Aside from the three officers, BuCor legal division chief Frederic Santos also agreed to go through lifestyle check.

The Office of the Ombudsman earlier in the day ordered an investigation of BuCor officials linked to the early release of 1,914 heinous crime convicts since 2014.