Advise to BuCor: ‘Consult with DOJ, LGUs before road closures in prison compounds’

Published December 5, 2021, 1:39 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has been advised to consult with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the local government units (LGUs) before enforcing road closures within the compounds of prison facilities.

“As mother agency, we reminded them that it’s important to consult with us for guidance on policy matters, and to show courtesy to the LGUs which have political jurisdiction over the BuCor properties,” Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Sunday, Dec. 5.

The DOJ exercises administrative supervision over BuCor.

“We discussed these matters during our meeting with the BuCor last Nov 29,” Guevarra said.

The meeting discussed the Nov. 26 closure of a road within the compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

The closure drew the ire of residents affected by the closure. The Muntinlupa City government had declared BuCor Director Gerald Q. Bantag persona non grata. The city government also said it will file charges against BuCor officials.

During the Nov. 29 meeting, Guevarra said BuCor had agreed to have the closed road re-opened to the affected residents.

“The BuCor, after consultations with the DOJ, will remove the road block off the Katarungan Villages as soon as a control gate, which was the original plan, has been put up,” he said.

He also said that “DG Bantag has respectfully requested the Sangguniang Lungsod ng Muntinlupa to reconsider its resolution declaring him persona non grata.”