Dela Rosa may be quizzed over released convicts: Sotto

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Posted at Sep 01 2019 11:09 AM | Updated as of Sep 01 2019 04:13 PM

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MANILA -- Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa may also face questions over the release of some convicts during his time at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), Senate President Tito Sotto III said Sunday.

"Siguradong attend siya, so siguradong matatanong din siya kahit papaano sapagkat dati siyang BuCor, pwede siyang kombinasyon ng resource person at senador," Sotto told radio DZMM.

"Base sa nakikita namin... dun sa panahon ni Sen. Dela Rosa 'yung mga napirmahan niya ay walang kontrobersyal eh."

A total of 1,914 prisoners convicted of heinous crime have been granted early release since 2014, a year after the amendment of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, data from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) showed. 

The releases followed the enactment of a 2013 law expanding the computation of GCTA to detention time. The Supreme Court upheld its retroactive application. 

The Senate has summoned BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon to an inquiry on Monday after the latter said he intends to skip the hearing.

The senators want to quiz Faeldon on the supposed release of convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez and other convicts.

The chamber's sergeant-at-arms office will serve the subpoena to Faeldon on Sunday, according to Sotto.

Should Faeldon fail to show up, the Senate President said the hearing would push through as the lawmakers will also tackle his proposed measure on a penal institution for high-level drug traffickers.

Sotto earlier urged President Rodrigo Duterte to "revamp the entire" BuCor after reports showed release orders for convicted drug lords and rapists were signed by the agency's chief.

Meanwhile, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, in a statement, echoed Sotto and urged Duterte to "immediately fire Faeldon."

"Faeldon should be removed from public office and charged with the appropriate administrative and criminal cases," she said.

"President Duterte should stop his practice of recycling questionable appointees from one department to another. The courtroom, where he should stand accused of obstructing justice and betraying the public interest, should be the last stop for the overly recycled and department-hopping Faeldon."