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All eyes on BuCor: DOJ monitoring Bantag’s performance

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has assured that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be closely watching over the reforms being implemented at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to ensure that rights of inmates are not stepped on.

Guevarra made assurance following complaints from inmates that the demolition of illegal structures at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City has left them without shelter.

“Although the DOJ is not supposed to interfere with the day-to-day operations of the BuCor, as it only exercises general administrative supervision and not control over the bureau, I have directed the interim DOJ oversight committee to closely monitor reforms being initiated by the new BuCor leadership and ensure that such reforms are being implemented within the bounds of the law and with due consideration for the well-being of inmates in our penitentiaries,” said the Secretary.

“Supervision includes calling attention to actions which are improper, unlawful, or way out of bounds. It also includes instituting disciplinary action whenever warranted,” he added.

BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag has been demolishing illegal structures at the Bilibid in response to continued illegal activities taking place at the national penitentiary.

The demolition is seen to displace around 3,700 prisoners at the Bilibid.

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