Ex-DOJ chief Aguirre invited to Senate inquiry on convicts' release

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Posted at Sep 16 2019 11:55 AM | Updated as of Sep 16 2019 01:24 PM

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The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has invited former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to its inquiry into the release of heinous crime convicts based on good conduct credits, which some witnesses claimed were sold by corrupt officials, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Monday.

Also invited to the hearing that would resume on Thursday was former police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Benjamin Magalong, Lacson told radio DZMM.

Magalong, now mayor of Baguio City, earlier claimed his police unit was excluded from a 2014 raid of the New Bilibid Prisons after he tipped off then justice secretary Leila De Lima of the drug transactions of Chinese inmates.

The good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law came under fire following reports that it has freed some 2,000 heinous crime convicts since and could benefit Antonio Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna imprisoned for a highly followed rape-murder case in the 1990s.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month fired Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon after he admitted that he recommended the release of Sanchez.

Around 800 heinous crime convicts were freed under Faeldon, noted Lacson.

Inviting other former BuCor heads to the Senate inquiry would be up to Blue Ribbon chairperson Sen. Richard Gordon, said Lacson, adding "Mabuti na rin iyon kasi para hindi sinasabing sini-single out iyong isang liderato."

(That would also be good so that we would not be accused of singling out any leadership.)

DZMM, September 16, 2019