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Palace can fire Faeldon over release of Chinese drug lords, says Sara Duterte

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte got irked by reports that four convicted Chinese drug lords were freed under the leadership of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon last June.

Mayor Duterte stressed that Malacañang can fire Faeldon or ask him to resign if proven that he cannot justify the release of Chan Chit Yue, Kin San Ho, Ching Che, and Wu Hing Sum—which were among those 816 heinous crime convicts released since the former Customs Commissioner took the helm of Bucor in November 2018.

“The Office of the President should ask him to explain and then exercise the power to review. Thereafter, they can fire or ask him to resign if they think he had no basis in law for all the releases made,” said Duterte.

The four Chinese nationals were among the 48 drug personalities released using the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) provision of the Revised Penal Code under Republic Act No. 10592 since the law was first enacted in 2013.

The Presidential daughter admitted that the decision of Faeldon to include the four Chinese drug lords in the four dozen drug personalities who were able to avail the GCTA clause has affected the momentum of his father’s controversial war on drugs.

Meanwhile, the Davao City Mayor believed that the release of those heinous crime convicts won’t happen at the first place if Congress didn’t repeal the Death Penalty Law back in 2006.

She said that “no point in using government money” in keeping inmates convicted of heinous crimes alive especially those were found guilty rape, murder, and drug trafficking.

“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth for heinous crimes convicts is reasonable,” said Duterte.

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