AFTER months of investigation, four Senate committees have recommended the filing of criminal charges against former New Bilibid Prison chief Nicanor Faeldon and other ranking prisons officials over alleged irregularities in the the good time conduct allowance.
The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, along with the Senate Committees on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations, and Finance said Faeldon was liable for nonfeasance as he clearly did not follow the procedures in granting the GCTA as required under Department Order 953.
Based on Department Order 953, high risk convicts can only be released with the approval of the justice secretary, a rule which Faeldon said he was not aware of, reason why signed the release of heinous crime convicts including former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez.
Sanchez was jailed for the rape-slay of UP Los banos student Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her companion Allan Gomez in the 1990s.
The senate committees said Faeldon should be charged with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, which has a penalty of imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than 10 years, perpetual disqualification from public office, and confiscation in favor of the government of unexplained wealth.
Also recommended by the Senate panels to be liable for malfeasance were Ramoncito Roque, chief of the Bureau of Corrections documents and records section; Ma. Benilda Bansil, who holds the rank of jail senior inspector; and Veronica Buno, corrections officer. The three were earlier ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman.
The panels recommended that Roque, Bansil, and Buno be charged with direct bribery.
The same liabilities also hold true for Dr. Ernesto Tamayo, health services director of the NBP; Dr. Ursicio Cenas, medical officer of the NBP; and Meryl Benitez, nursing attendant.