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Duterte wants Bato dela Rosa investigated for convicts’ early release: ‘I am sure he would be ready to submit himself’

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By Prince Golez

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa will be among those to be investigated in relation to the release of several heinous crime convicts.

Dela Rosa served as chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) from April 30, 2018 to October 12, 2018.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in a media briefing held in Malacañang on Wednesday, called on the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate BuCor officials who have been with the agency since 2015.

Asked if the probe will include dela Rosa, Duterte said: “I am sure. I am sure he would be ready to submit himself. Lahat naman eh, sabi ko. Sabi ko, may ano nga — may hiatus diyan.”

The Chief Executive, meanwhile, ordered these officials to report to him and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

“I will not suspend them but they will be investigated. Diretso na ito sa Ombudsman. This is a prima facie case. There’s an admission that they will remiss in their duties. As a former prosecutor tama na ‘yun, that is — that would establish the prima facie,” he said.

A total of 1,914 prisoners convicted of heinous crime have been released since 2014 due to the good conduct time allowance law, data released by the Bureau of Corrections showed.

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