Guevarra welcomes OMB decision to dismiss 3 BuCor officials

Published January 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra welcomed on Wednesday the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) to dismiss from the service three Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials for their alleged involvement in the anomalous implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

“I have read the partial decision of the OMB finding the three BuCor personnel guilty of grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, and dismissing them from the service,” Guevarra said. “I fully agree with the decision of the OMB.”

Those dismissed by the OMB are BuCor Officer-in-Charge of Inmate Documents and Processing Section Ramoncito Roque, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Correctional Senior Inspector Maria Beinda “Mabel” Tudor Bansil, and NBP Custodial Officer Veronica “Boday” Bustamante Buño.

In the same decision, the OMB ruled it also found probable cause to charge the three with graft and direct bribery before the Sandiganbayan.

“I have now given instructions to the BuCor administration to implement the judgment, as directed by the OMB, without prejudice to the resolution of any appeal that the respondents may take,” Guevarra said.

“May this decision of the OMB serve as a stern warning to all personnel of the BuCor who are minded to undermine the integrity of their own agency.”

The OMB conducted a preliminary investigation into the anomalous implementation of Republic Act No. 10592, also known as the GCTA law, following a Senate inquiry on the matter last year.

“I was present during the Senate hearings and personally heard the testimony of the witnesses and observed the demeanor of the respondents,” Guevarra said.