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New BuCor chief Bantag regrets warning would-be bribers: Sana hinintay ko para makilala sila!

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Newly appointed Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Gerald Bantag regrets threatening those who would attempt to bribe him about being “slaughtered” because no one dared give him money.

Bantag told reporters at the Senate Wednesday (September 25) that he should’ve waited for someone to try to bribe him.

“‘Yun nga po ang mali ko. Naunahan ko. Nasabihan ko kasi ang magbibigay ng pera ay kakatayin ko… Sana inantay ko para nalaman ko kung sino sila,” he said after his courtesy call to senators.

Bantag, who served as regional director of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, assumed his post Monday (September 23). He said he warned BuCor personnel that he will not tolerate corruption and illegal activities.

“Ang magdadala sa akin ng pera, ng korapsyon, kakatayin ko. Ibig sabihin ng kakatayin pwede namang file-an ng kaso na administrative,” the BuCor chief said.

Bantag replaced former Marine officer Nicanor Faeldon as head of BuCor amid the controversy over the early release of convicts of heinous crimes due to the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.

The Senate is currently conducting an investigation over the GCTA Law controversy and the corruption within BuCor.

Bantag said he is determined to reform BuCor even if it has gained infamy as one of the most corrupt government agencies.

“Basta ang sabi ng mahal na Pangulo at senador, kapag ako pumalpak ipapako ako sa krus,” he said.

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