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Firing of Faeldon ‘not enough’, says church exec

Firing of Faeldon ‘not enough’, says church exec

By CBCP News

September 5, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A church official said that those responsible for the early release of heinous crimes convicts should be held accountable and being fired from their positions is insufficient.

Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the church’s prison ministry, said it would be folly to act as though firing an official is any kind of solution to the scandal.

“Resignation and firing the person/s is a quick fix ‘solution’ to the problem,” Diamante said.

“We should be able to make the persons who committed wrong accountable,” he said.

His comments came after President Rodrigo Duterte fired Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon for supposedly disobeying his order.

Faeldon came under fire after he approved the release of convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez based on good conduct time allowance.

The BuCor also said nearly 2,000 heinous crimes convicts have also been released since 2014.

Diamante suggested an independent investigation should take place to get into the bottom of the issue.

“It is a lot better if an independent investigation be conducted to discover how a good law like the GCTA law was used to pursue ones personal interest and agenda over and beyond the interest of the poor members of the prison community, who are supposed to benefit from this law,” he added.

President Duterte directed the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate BuCor officials since 2015 when the release of the convicted felons under GCTA started.

He also asked heinous crimes convicts, who have been released for good conduct, to immediately surrender to the government. CBCPNEWS