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Sara Duterte chides Faeldon over release of 48 drug inmates: A major blow vs. war on drugs

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The release of more than 48 drug personalities under the leadership of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon is a major setback for the administration’s “war on drugs,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said.

“Yes, of course (that’s a major blow in the campaign against illegal drugs),” said Duterte.

Mayor Duterte can’t hide her disappointment over reports that more than 800 heinous crime convicts were released through the Good Conduct Time allowance provision of the Revised Penal Code under Republic Act No. 10592 since Faeldon took the helm of BuCor in November 2018.

Duterte stressed that the GCTA provision of the Revised Penal Code should exclude heinous crime convicts—mainly on the basis of the “unspeakable evil of the crime they committed.”

“They may reform inside the prison but they should be made to pay for life of the depravity of the crime they have committed. That is the price they pay,” said Duterte.

“Ang hirap ng magpakulong tapos makalaya lang. May good behavior talaga sila sa loob because freedom is restricted. Give them freedom and they will party,” she added.

Party-list Cong. Jericho Nograles earlier revealed that a total 816 heinous crime inmates including 48 convicted drug personalities inside the national penitentiary were released through the GCTA clause under Faeldon from the period January to August 2019.

Senator Panfilo Lacson also disclsoed least four high-profile convicted Chinese drug lords were released from New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) last June namely Chan Chit Yue, Kin San Ho, Ching Che, and Wu Hing Sum.

The Presidential daughter stressed that the released of those heinous crime convicts shouldn’t happen if the capital punishment exist in the country.

“Heinous crimes convicts should be immediately executed under the Death Penalty,” said Duterte.

Meanwhile, Mayor Duterte said Malacañang can either ask Faeldon “to resign” or “fire” him if they think that the former Customs commissioner had no basis in law for the releases made under his watch.

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