BuCor spox denies corruption claims of anonymous BuCor employees

Published December 26, 2019, 11:31 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Joseph Pedrajas

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has acknowledged the action that will be taken by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to closely monitor the prisons bureau following various allegations of corrupt practices inside.

Bureau of Corrections (BuCor)
Bureau of Corrections (BuCor)

“We take note of the wisdom coming from the SOJ (Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra),” BuCor spokesman Col. Gabriel Chaclag told the Manila Bulletin when sought for comment about the justice department’s recent statement.

On Thursday, the DOJ said it “will continue to monitor very closely both the BuCor’s rank and file (for any corrupt practices) and the management (for any abuse of authority) and take such action as may be appropriate” as allegations of corruption and abuse of power inside the bureau surfaced.

Recently, several unidentified and “concerned BuCor officials and employees” wrote President Rodrigo Duterte an unsigned open letter, asking him to fire BuCor chief Director General Gerald Bantag for allegedly committing “other forms of graft and corrupt practices in the highest order.”

The letter also claimed that Bantag displayed “unprofessional and unethical conduct” and was threatening officers with reassignment to other penal colonies “since he has the blessings of the president.”

However, Chaclag denied their claims and said that the letter was “self-serving” and “baseless.”
He believes the letter might have been written by “disgruntled [BuCor] officers who were relieved from their posts.”

“The mere fact that they did not identify themselves make their claims questionable,” he said.

In September, Dir. Gen. Bantag claimed that “95 percent” of the agency’s officials and personnel were corrupt—a statement which the “concerned BuCor officials and employees” found offensive and a “sweeping generalization.”

But for Guevarra, Bantag’s remark “does not constitute an actionable offense.”

“DG Bantag’s statement that 95 percent of BuCor personnel are corrupt may have offended the sensibilities of those employees who are honestly performing their jobs in the bureau,” he said.
“But that statement by itself, in my opinion, does not constitute an actionable offense, much less under the anti-graft law.”

Chaclag also assured the public that the BuCor’s desire is “to cleanse [the] agency of its ills so that the community at large can be rest assured that inmates are well guarded and kept safe… And that there will be no corruption and illegal drugs-related activities inside the prisons.”

 
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BuCor spox denies corruption claims of anonymous BuCor employees

Published December 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Joseph Pedrajas

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has acknowledged the action that will be taken by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to closely monitor the prisons bureau following various allegations of corrupt practices inside.

Bureau of Corrections (BuCor)
Bureau of Corrections (BuCor)

“We take note of the wisdom coming from the SOJ (Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra),” BuCor spokesman Col. Gabriel Chaclag told the Manila Bulletin when sought for comment about the justice department’s recent statement.

On Thursday, the DOJ said it “will continue to monitor very closely both the BuCor’s rank and file (for any corrupt practices) and the management (for any abuse of authority) and take such action as may be appropriate” as allegations of corruption and abuse of power inside the bureau surfaced.

Recently, several unidentified and “concerned BuCor officials and employees” wrote President Rodrigo Duterte an unsigned open letter, asking him to fire BuCor chief Director General Gerald Bantag for allegedly committing “other forms of graft and corrupt practices in the highest order.”

The letter also claimed that Bantag displayed “unprofessional and unethical conduct” and was threatening officers with reassignment to other penal colonies “since he has the blessings of the president.”

However, Chaclag denied their claims and said that the letter was “self-serving” and “baseless.”
He believes the letter might have been written by “disgruntled [BuCor] officers who were relieved from their posts.”

“The mere fact that they did not identify themselves make their claims questionable,” he said.

In September, Dir. Gen. Bantag claimed that “95 percent” of the agency’s officials and personnel were corrupt—a statement which the “concerned BuCor officials and employees” found offensive and a “sweeping generalization.”

But for Guevarra, Bantag’s remark “does not constitute an actionable offense.”

“DG Bantag’s statement that 95 percent of BuCor personnel are corrupt may have offended the sensibilities of those employees who are honestly performing their jobs in the bureau,” he said.
“But that statement by itself, in my opinion, does not constitute an actionable offense, much less under the anti-graft law.”

Chaclag also assured the public that the BuCor’s desire is “to cleanse [the] agency of its ills so that the community at large can be rest assured that inmates are well guarded and kept safe… And that there will be no corruption and illegal drugs-related activities inside the prisons.”

 
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