MANILA—Opposition senator Risa Hontiveros scoffed at President Rodrigo Duterte's description of former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon as "an upright man," whom the President just sacked last Wednesday.
"Kung upright ’yan, di mo ’yan sinibak sa pwesto. Upright ba ang nagpakawala ng mga Chinese druglords at muntik na ng isang unrepentant rapist-murderer?" Hontiveros said in a Facebook post Saturday.
(If he was upright, you shouldn't have fired him. Is he upright when freed Chinese druglords and nearly release an unrepentant rapist-murdered?)
"Get a dictionary and look up what upright means."
Two days after he fired Faeldon, Duterte said he still trusted the former BuCor head despite the controversy.
Faeldon was fired for approving the release of several heinous-crime convicts under the controversial good conduct time allowance law, which makes inmates eligible for early release depending on their behavior inside prison.
Faeldon was also reported to have approved the release of notorious rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez, who was nearly freed had it not been for public outcry.