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The power of words: Ombudsman might clear Faeldon after Duterte calls him ‘upright,’ Mon Tulfo warns

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The Office of the Ombudsman might clear sacked Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon of wrongdoing over the early release of thousands of inmates after President Rodrigo Duterte called him “upright,” warned Special Envoy to China Mon Tulfo.

In his September 10 column for the Manila Times, Tulfo admitted he doesn’t understand why Duterte still trusts Faeldon after he figured in controversies during his stints at BuCor and the Bureau of Customs.

“There was no logic in the President’s statement that he still trusted Faeldon after firing him for disobeying his order not to release prisoners who committed heinous crimes. When a superior fires a subordinate for disobedience, that means he has lost his trust in the latter,” he said.

Duterte fired Faeldon for failure to follow instructions when he allowed the release of several convicts of heinous crimes due to the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.

However, the President affirmed his trust in Faeldon when he called the latter an “upright man” in a speech in Cebu last week.

Tulfo said the Ombudsman might give another meaning to Duterte’s statement.

“Mr. Duterte’s statement that he still trusted Faeldon might be misconstrued by the Office of the Ombudsman, which is now investigating Faeldon, as a signal to acquit the dismissed prisons official,” he said.

The Office of the Ombudsman is conducting an investigation into the GCTA controversy.

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