Senator Richard Gordon believes the ambush of Bureau of Corrections legal division chief Fredric Anthony Santos was a rubout related to his knowledge about the supposed corruption within the government agency.
Gordon called the killing of Santos Wednesday (February 19) a “rubout.”
“Ang pananaw ko dito, susunduin nya ang anak niya, inabangan siya para patayin at paglabas nya sa eskwela, binanatan siya sa loob, walang takot ang mga taong ito,” the senator said.
Santos was on his way to pick up his child at school on board a pick-up truck when he was gunned down in Barangay Poblacion, around 100 meters away from the main gate of the New Bilibid Prison.
The lawyer testified at the Senate hearing last year on the controversy surrounding the misapplication of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.
He was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman in September 2019 over the GCTA mess.
Gordon said Santos’ killing could be a warning to whistleblowers planning to expose corruption within BuCor.
“It is a warning to all na kapag ikaw ay may nalalaman at nagsalita kaya ka namin patayin, lahat ng pinatay sa Munti walang naso-solve,” he said.
Gordon has asked the National Bureau of Investigation to resolve Santos’ killing and arrest the gunmen as soon as possible.