Matigas kasi ang ulo! Senate panel cites BuCor officials in contempt over corruption at Bilibid
The Senate Blue Ribbon committee cited three Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials in contempt Thursday (September 12) for beating around the bush when asked about corruption inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Committee chairman Senator Richard Gordon cited in contempt BuCor legal division chief Fredric Anthony Santos, BuCor Hospital doctor Urcisio Cenas and BuCor documents division chief Staff Sgt. Ramoncito Roque.
Gordon said the three BuCor officials will be detained at the Senate basement “until they are able to satisfactorily explain why their confinement under contempt should be discontinued.”
Santos drew Gordon’s ire for being evasive about his role in the computation of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) for inmates who want to be released early.
The GCTA has been under scrutiny over the alleged anomalies in its implementation.
In response to Gordon, Santos said he was just confused.
“We are already stressed out. I’m sorry, your honor,” he said.
Cenas, meanwhile, claimed money was left on his table by graft convict Joe Galario Jr., who testified at the Senate hearing on the supposed “hospital pass for sale” modus at the NBP hospital.
He said he didn’t ask for money from Galario.
“Iyun po ang katotohanan, sinasabi ko sa kaniya, huwag na po kayong magbigay, basta iniiwan lang nila sa table, kaya ‘di ko po alam kung bakit sa ganoong kaliit na pera magiging ganon ang kahihinatnan ko dito sa Senado,” Cenas said.
Roque repeatedly insisted he was not part of the alleged “GCTA for sale” scheme even though Yolanda Camilon, a witness at the hearing, claimed that she gave him money to secure the early release of her husband from NBP.