MANILA — Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto on Friday bared a supposed "tanim-kaso" scheme where inmates due for release are asked to pay in exchange for the dismissal of fabricated charges.
Sotto said the information came from 1 of 3 Senate witnesses on alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Corrections.
"Iyung isa pa, lalabas na, palabas na... Iyun daw iyong tanim-kaso, biglang sasabihing, 'Hindi ka puwedeng lumabas, mayroon ka pang pending.' Maglalagay ka para mawala iyong pending mo dahil wala naman talaga," he told radio DZMM.
(Another scheme is for prisoners about to be released. This is the 'tanim-kaso.' You'll suddenly be told, 'You can't go out, you still have a pending case. You'll have to pay so that the pending case would disappear because it's just trumped up.)
"Talo iyong tanim-bala," he added, referring to an alleged scheme in which bullets are planted in the luggage of airport passengers.
(This beats bullet-planting.)
Sotto declined to give additional details to prevent preempting the witness' statement when the Senate on Monday resumes its inquiry into the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) that have led to the early release of some 2,000 heinous crime convicts since 2014.
He said the 3 Senate witnesses include a detainee, the wife of a prisoner and a third individual whose identity he refrained from disclosing.
Yolanda Camelon, wife of an inmate at the New Bilibid Prisons, told lawmakers on Wednesday that she gave P50,000 to several BuCor officials for the early release of her husband.
Recently fired BuCor Director Nicanor Faeldon denied any knowledge about the supposed "GCTA for sale."