Faeldon after removal from BuCor: ‘Never been happier’
Robie de Guzman • September 5, 2019 • 770
MANILA, Philippines – Former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon on Thursday said he has “never been happier” after his removal from office.
Speaking to reporters before attending a Senate inquiry on Thursday afternoon, Faeldon said he feels lighter and can now soundly sleep.
“I’ve never been happier than now. You know, ‘pag nawalan ka ng yoke sa balikat mo, you can soundly sleep,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte fired Faeldon on Wednesday night, saying he disobeyed his order.
The president said his order to Faeldon and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra was “no releases until further order by higher authority,” given the public uproar over the possible release of convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez and other convicted heinous criminals for good conduct credits.
Prior to heading the BuCor, Faeldon was appointed as chief of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). It was during his time when the billions worth of shabu slipped past the agency.
After quitting the BOC, he had a brief stint at the Office of the Civil Defense as deputy administrator before he was appointed to BuCor in 2018.
Faeldon has refused to answer questions whether he still wishes to work for other government agencies after his firing.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Friday warned the public against unscrupulous individuals who are posing as bureau senior officials to extort money from their victims.
The BuCor issued the warning after receiving information about persons who have communicated with its partners or suppliers seeking solicitation for future events.
“We would like to inform the public that BuCor has not authorized any individual to conduct such activity especially using the name of the BuCor officials,” the bureau said in a statement.
“Moreover, there are no personnel allowed to solicit favors and goods on behalf of BuCor,” it added.
The agency advised the public to immediately report such transactions to BuCor contact numbers 8478-3597, 0918 600 1081 (Smart), and 0917 819 2803 (Globe). The public may also send a message via this email address.
MANILA, Philippines – The number of inmates who perished in a riot that erupted Monday at the New Bilibid Prison’s maximum security compound has climbed to four, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said.
BuCor spokesperson Gabriel Chaklag said 20 other persons deprived of liberty (PDL) injured in the brawl are still undergoing medical treatment.
The bureau initially confirmed three fatalities and 64 wounded inmates in the incidence of violence that broke out Monday morning between the Sigue-Sigue Sputnik and Commando gangs.
The incident occurred exactly one month after a riot erupted inside the NBP maximum security compound that left nine inmates dead and several others injured.
Chaklag said inmates are currently not allowed to leave their cells as part of the disciplinary action imposed by the bureau following the incident.
“Binigyan natin sila ng pagkakataon dati, ano. Although mga kriminal yun, tinrato natin sila bilang tao at napakalaking bagay yun. Pinakinggan sila ng Chief for humanitarian reason, pagkakataon na ipagkasundo nila yung mga nag-aaway-away na miyembro pero ganun pa rin ang nangyari despite that,” he said.
“So medyo drastic ang actions natin ngayon, yung mga disciplinary action ang ibig nating sabihn,” he added.
Chaklag assured that the situation is now under control and that the NBP is back to normal operations. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Mac Cordova)
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