BuCor official who testified in GCTA probe shot dead in Muntinlupa

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 19 2020 03:55 PM | Updated as of Feb 19 2020 08:57 PM

Bureau of Corrections Chief legal, Atty. Frederick Anthony Santos, listens during Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation on the alleged selling of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) held inside the Philippines Senate in Pasay City on September 12, 2019. Mike Alquinto, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) official who testified in the Senate's inquiry into the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law was shot dead Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Lawyer Fredric Santos was aboard his vehicle in front of his child's school in Barangay Poblacion when he was attacked by 2 gunmen.

Santos served as BuCor's legal division chief when senators looked into the bureau for allowing heinous crime convicts to walk free without seeking the approval of the Department of Justice, the agency overseeing the bureau.

He was cited in contempt for supposedly lying and being evasive when asked about the alleged anomalies in Bilibid.

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The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee had recommended the filing of charges against former BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon and 6 other officials.

At least 3 BuCor officials had been killed since 2018. Metro Manila Police said their murders could have links to the release of heinous crime convicts.

--With a report from Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News