Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon on Monday declared that he would not resign as he was doing a good job, even after admitting to signing a “memorandum of release” for former Calauan, Laguna, Mayor Antonio Sanchez.
But Faeldon said he recalled the order regarding Sanchez because it had drawn public anger over the impending walk to freedom of the heinous crime convict.
Faeldon claimed the memorandum was not the final order that would have freed Sanchez, and told lawmakers on the Senate justice and human rights committee that he had questioned the recommendation to release the rape and murder convict for good behavior though his hands were tied in the end because of the law.
Republic Act No. 10592 does not exclude any prisoner from good conduct time allowance based on the BuCor’s interpretation of the law, which had been prevailing even before he was appointed to head the agency, Faeldon said.
The public outrage over the announcement that Sanchez would soon be released had triggered questions about his qualification to have time shaved off his seven 40-year terms for the 1993 rape and murder of University of the Philippines Los Baños student Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her friend Allan Gomez, also a student at the same school.
At Monday’s Senate hearing on the application of RA 10592, the good conduct time allowance law, Sen. Risa Hontiveros asked Faeldon if he would stay on at his post despite his blunders and failure to answer even simple questions about his duties.
“When will you resign from your position as BuCor head?” Hontiveros asked Faeldon after committee members questioned him about his decision to release heinous crime convicts, including drug lords.
Faeldon said he respected the question, but “would defer the question to the appointing authority.”
Asked by Hontiveros if he thought he should resign, he replied, “I believe no, ma’am,” and answered in the affirmative when she asked if he thought he was doing a good job.
“You believe you’re doing a good job? So far, what is coming out in this committee hearing [points] in the opposite direction,” Hontiveros retorted.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson presented an Aug. 20 document signed by Faeldon for Sanchez’s release. — Inquirer.net