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KAPATID appeals for release of low-level offenders, elderly, sick prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:59 AM

'This is not only an urgent matter of life and death but also of justice,' KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim writes in an open letter to the Duterte administration

Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conducts an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Gordon 'disappointed' over unsolved BuCor killings

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:19 PM

'I will call for another hearing. I don't get anything from you guys,' says a frustrated Senator Richard Gordon

UNSOLVED CRIMES. Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of Committee on Justice and Human Rights, questions the resource persons regarding the unsolved killings of government personnel particularly the ambush of Atty. Fredric Santos of the Bureau of Corrections, who was gunned down in front of his daughter's school in Mutinlupa City on February 19, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Bureau of Corrections personnel killed under Duterte gov't

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) BuCor top lawyer Fredric Santos is among the BuCor personnel killed in Muntinlupa since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

GUNNED DOWN. BuCor legal division chief Fredric Santos is killed in front of his daughter's school on February 19, 2020. PNP photo

Police 'still facing blank wall' in BuCor lawyer slay probe

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Muntinlupa police officer-in-charge Colonel Hermogenes Cabe calls on witnesses and informants to help investigators track down the killers of Bureau of Corrections top lawyer Fredric Santos

LITTLE PROGRESS. The Muntinlupa City Police Office. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

BuCor legal chief killing 'very likely' linked to GCTA mess – Guevarra

Feb 20, 2020 - 12:26 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a case buildup on the killing of prisons legal chief Fredric Santos

KILLED. Bureau of Corrections legal chief Fredric Santos during the Senate probe into anomalies surrounding the Good Conduct Time Allowance law's implementation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor top lawyer shot dead in front of daughter's school

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Bureau of Corrections legal chief Fredric Santos is killed just as he was about to pick up his daughter from school

KILLED. BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos during the Senate probe into anomalies surrounding the GCTA law's implementation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ombudsman sacks 3 BuCor officials over 'GCTA for sale' scheme

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Ramoncito Roque, Maria Belinda Bansil, and Veronica Buño are perpetually disqualified from holding public office

FIRED. Former BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque is dismissed from service and indicted for direct bribery and graft over the alleged extortion of an inmate in exchange for early release. File photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

DOJ probes Bantag's booting out BuCor staff for favored BJMP aides

Jan 15, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'Wala pa kaming definitive action as to whether ibabalik ba namin 'yung mga inalis nya or hayaan lang namin,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

BUCOR CHIEF. Bureua of Corrections Director Gen Gerald Bantag shows NCRPO Chief PMajor Gen Guillermo Eleazar around the New Bilibid Prison during a surprise inspection of the facility in Muntinlupa City on Monday, October 7, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH soon to have single online portal for prisoner, criminal data

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21 PM

But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)

PRISONERS. Convicted prisoners at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

BuCor's Bantag acquitted in deadly jail blast case

Jan 08, 2020 - 1:55 PM

A Parañaque City court finds insufficient evidence to convict Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag of homicide

ACQUITTED. Director General Gerald Bantag, the chief of the Bureau of Corrections visits the Senate on September 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Tao rin kami': Partner of Bilibid inmate decries 'traumatizing' strip search

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Jimmylisa Badayos asks the Commission on Human Rights to help end strip searches at the New Bilibid Prison, one of the many issues hounding the Bureau of Corrections

Jimmylisa Badayos wife of Calixto Vistal one of the NDF political prisoner along with Satur Ocampo and militant leaders show a copy of complaint affidavit they filed before the CHR on January, 5, 2020. Badayos a human rights activist file a complaint regarding strip search and cavity search against the NBP Maximum Security Compound. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fixing the Bureau of Corrections: Government walks a tightrope

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Conclusion: The GCTA crisis is a symptom of an institutional problem inside the Bureau of Corrections. Will a Duterte-style approach work?

Inmates queue for water rations inside the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security COmpound on Monday.

Fear of making decisions

Dec 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

There are irreparable costs

Bantag tries to slay Bilibid's old monsters, Duterte-style

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Part 3: Gerald Bantag literally bulldozed his way to get rid of shanties inside Bilibid on his first week. Will it work in fixing congestion and criminality? We take an inside look.

DEMOLTION. BuCor chief Gerald Bantag leads the demolition of illegally-built shanties inside the New Bilibid Prison. Photo courtesy of BuCor

Unqualified GCTA returnees lose jobs, are detained for months

Dec 15, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Part 2: Even if many are not heinous crime convicts, former inmates turn themselves in to the Correctional Institution for Women out of fear of the President. Administrative lapses make them worry they won’t be home for Christmas.

Bilibid returnees die in Duterte administration blunders

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Part 1: Massive errors in record-keeping and ill-prepared facilities keep thousands in jail for months, and kill at least 4 convict returnees. They regret heeding the President's call.

BuCor’s 3rd highest official resigns amid GCTA mess

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Melvin Ramon Buenafe once held high hopes to become Bureau of Corrections chief after he was endorsed by PMA classmate and now Senator Ronald dela Rosa

RESIGNED. Melvin Ramon Buenafe during the 5th senate hearing on September 12, 2019, into the controversies surrounding the Bureau of Corrections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After demolition, elderly prisoners sleep outdoors in Bilibid

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) Makabayan lawmakers visit the New Bilibid Prison to check on the living conditions of inmates

DEMOLITION AFTERMATH. Piles of debris from the recent demolition operation are seen inside the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

BuCor restores family visitation rights in Bilibid

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) Families can resume visiting inmates Wednesday, October 30

Inmates from Maximum Security compound converge outside their cells during an inspection of Bucor Director General Gerald Bantag and Chief of the Directorial Staff Major General Guillermo Eleazar at New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 28, 2019. Photo by Kd Madrilejos/Rappler

BuCor confirms death of inmates but denies 'crisis' in Bilibid

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Dehydration or lack of medical attention did not cause anyone at the national state penitentiary to die in recent weeks, says the Bureau of Corrections

DEMOLITION. Workers use heavy equipment as they dismantle illegal structures as ordered by newly installed BuCor chief Gerald Bantag and NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 9, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bilibid inmates' families to BuCor: Let us see our loved ones

Oct 25, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Families and rights groups urge the Bureau of Corrections to reinstate visitation rights at the New Bilibid Prison amid reports of abuses against inmates

Senate cites 2 suspended BuCor officers in 'humanitarian' contempt

Oct 03, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Veronica Buño and Maribel Bansil are caught lying in previous Senate hearings as the National Bureau of Investigation presents the results of a digital forensic exam on their phones

GCTA FOR SALE. Bureau of Corrections officer Ma Benilda 'Maribel' Bansil cries before the Senate hearing after she was cited in contempt by the senators on October 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Puro sabaw': BuCor only uses P39 of P60-food budget per prisoner

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Since July 2018, the Bureau of Corrections has been spending an average of P13 per meal for each prisoner

MISMANAGEMENT? The Bureau of Corrections underspends its food budget for prisoners. PRIB Photo

DOJ: 52 qualified convicts released from Bilibid

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete says 35 more previously released convicts who should not have surrendered in the first place, have been verified for release

FREEDOM REGAINED. Convicts who surrendered upon orders of President Rodrigo Duterte regain freedo after authorities verified that their previous release is valid. Photo from DOJ

Newsbreak Chats: How gov't is handling the GCTA, BuCor mess

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:18 PM

On Thursday, September 26, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss whether government is on the right track and what else it can do to full-proof the implementation of the GCTA law

BuCor officials released from weeklong Senate detention

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon says the officials have demonstrated 'some measure of cooperation'

NOW FREE. Three Bureau of Corrections officials were detained at the Senate on Sept 12, 2019 (from L to R): Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque. Rappler screenshots

BuCor officer turns around, admits texting 'GCTA for sale' witness

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Senator Richard Gordon urges suspended Bureau of Corrections officer Veronica Buño to cooperate with the Senate probe into the GCTA for sale scheme

BUCOR OFFICIAL. Corrections officer Veronica Buno at the 6th Senate hearing on the GCTA mess on September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Even dead men listed in BuCor’s GCTA arrest list

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Metro Manila cops find two men already dead for years in the arrest list they received from the Bureau of Corrections

WRONG ENTRIES. The Bureau of Corrections lists men who have been dead and even convicts who were not released through the GCTA. File photo by  LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte orders 'total revamp' of Bureau of Corrections

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte plans to replace all New Bilibid Prison guards with guards from provincial prisons, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

GCTA author wants convicts in prison drug trade ineligible for early release

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez says his proposed amendment would help ensure heinous crime convicts would not benefit from the GCTA law, which he co-authored

FIGHTING PRISON DRUG TRADE. Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez is a principal author of the GCTA law. Screenshot by Rappler

BuCor officials detained for contempt sue Senate at Court of Appeals

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The officials want Senators Gordon and Sotto to face the Court of Appeals and answer for their detention

DETAINED. Three Bureau of Corrections officials are detained at the Senate on Sept 12, 2019 (from L to R): Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque. Rappler screenshots

Ex-warden Gerald Bantag named BuCor chief

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) Gerald Bantag faced 10 counts of murder for a deadly explosion at the Parañaque City Jail. Senator Bong Go previously hinted he suggested a 'killer' as new BuCor chief.

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor to resume releasing qualified GCTA inmates

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:18 PM

But only prisoners who are not charged with heinous crimes and whose records are squeaky clean can be released now

(Left) Menardo Guevarra Secretary of Justice of Department of Justice (DOJ) and (Right) Eduardo Año Secretary of Department of The Interior and Local Government (DILG) sign the revise Implementing Rules and Regulation for Good Conduct and Time allowance at Department of Justice in Manila on 16 September 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] BuCor Senate hearings: Bakit pinalusot si Bato at Faeldon?

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The GCTA law is a complicated mess. BuCor is neck-high in corruption allegations. We can do without the politicking and vendetta, Senators.

Give DOJ direct control over BuCor – Drilon

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Former justice secretary and now senator Franklin Drilon backs the DOJ's proposal to review the law that only gave it 'administrative supervision' over the BuCor

SOLUTION PROPOSED. Senator Franklin Drilon also wants to review Republic Act 10575. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: Give DOJ more control over BuCor

Sep 13, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The justice chief wants a review of Republic Act 10575, which 'diminished' the control of the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the Bureau of Corrections

BUCOR CONTROL. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra floats a possible review of the BuCor modernization law that he says "diminished" the control of the DOJ over the bureau. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate detains 3 BuCor officials after 'lying' in GCTA probe

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(4th UPDATE) Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque are cited for contempt by Senators

'Palpak!' Ill-prepared BuCor list wrongly grants GCTA to Janet Napoles

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:42 PM

'Lalo lumalaki ang sunog, lalo nawawala ang tiwala ng tao sa gobyerno dahil balasubas pagkakagawa niyo,' Senator Richard Gordon castigates the Bureau of Corrections

GUILTY VERDICT. Janet Napoles emerges from the Sandigan bayan after after a guilty verdict was handed down on her plunder cases. File photo by Jire Carreon

BuCor’s GCTA arrest list ‘unchecked, rushed’

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'Yung list na 'yan, mabilisan pong pinagawa sa amin,' says suspended Bureau of Corrections documentations chief Ramoncito Roque

LIST LEGITIMATE? The documentations chief of the Bureau of Corrections admits the list of heinous crime convicts released through GCTA is not checked thoroughly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor officer survives Bilibid knife attack

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The Department of Justice says the attacking prisoner suffers from schizophrenia

VIOLENCE IN BILIBID. A stabbing incident occurs inside the New Bilibid Prison hours before a Senate hearing on corruption that persists inside the prison facility. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends BuCor legal chief, 2 more execs in GCTA mess

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months, as well as Technical Superintendent Maria Fe Marquez who signed the release order for the convicts in the Chiong sisters murder case

SUSPENDED. BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months without pay as the Ombudsman probes the GCTA anomaly. Photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends BuCor officials accused in 'GCTA for sale'

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The highest officials on the suspended list are Senior Superintendents Celso Bravo and Melencio Faustino, both heads of the Directorate for Security and Operations

Mr. Ramoncito Roque, left, and Corrections senior Inspector Roy Vivo take oath at the inquiry into the release of convicts thru GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Faeldon knew he needed DOJ clearance for Sanchez's release – BuCor legal chief

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

But after sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon flatly denies this at the resumption of the Senate probe into the scandal, legal chief Frederic Santos backtracks

INFORMED? Bureau of Corrections legal division chief Frederic Santos says he informed fired director-general Nicanor Faeldon of the DOJ Department Order 953. Photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

Panelo on Faeldon: Just 'outwitted' by corrupt BuCor officials

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Despite ongoing probes on corruption in the Bureau of Corrections, Malacañang says it's likely Nicanor Faeldon was not involved in wrongdoing and was merely 'outwitted'

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa eyed power to release convicts as BuCor chief – Guevarra

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says a letter coming from the Bureau of Corrections sometime in 2018 asked for the power to grant early release to convicts

PRISONS CHIEFS. Two former BuCor chiefs now senator Ronald dela Rosa, right, and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA ON September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte after firing Faeldon: I still believe in him

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Duterte calls ex-Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon a 'straight edge' and credits him for what he did as customs chief in the earlier part of his administration

TRUST. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte says in a speech in Cebu that he still trusts fired ex-Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang photo

Dela Rosa classmate named BuCor OIC as gov't probes prison scandal

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Retired police general Ramon Buenafe of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986 is entrusted with overseeing BuCor in the middle of a big mess involving good conduct time allowances of convicts

BUCOR OIC. Deputy Director General Ramon Melvin Buenafe is the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau of Corrections amid GCTA anomalies. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Año: Even Bato dela Rosa should be probed in GCTA mess

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The DILG secretary says, all former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections should be investigated

EX-BUCOR CHIEFS. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa and sacked Nicanor Faeldon, along with other former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections, may face probes into their actions that led to the release of heinous crimes convicts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler