After 4-month leave, prisons chief quits



MANILA, Philippines—Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gaudencio Pangilinan, who voluntarily went on leave four months ago after the Rolito Go abduction fiasco, has tendered his resignation to President Aquino, according to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

De Lima disclosed on Friday that Pangilinan sent his resignation letter last week.

“I am waiting for the actual confirmation and the action of the President so that I can now officially open the process of vetting certain applicants, certain nominees and to scout for talents,” she told reporters.

De Lima said she hoped that the Department of Justice would be able recommend a BuCor director at the start of the new year.

She said five or six individuals had “manifested their interest” to head BuCor by applying with the DOJ and the Office of the President.

Pangilinan went on indefinite leave in August after high-profile convict Go went missing at the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Go and his nephew were later found to have been abducted.

Pangilinan also has a pending case before the Office of the Ombudsman stemming from a complaint of a prison guard filed that anomalies had dogged the BuCor since the former assumed office in July 2011.

The complaint detailed alleged procurement anomalies such as the splitting of contracts to allow small-value procurements and dodge public-bidding requirements. The complaint also touched on the alleged misuse of BuCor’s trust funds.

If President Aquino accepts Pangilinan’s resignation, it will be the third time he will be appointing a new BuCor director under his watch.

Pangilinan succeeded Ernesto Diokno who resigned after the escape of another convicted killer, former Batangas Gov. Antonio Leviste.

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  • Jon Paul

    Kapag hindi niyo kasi ginagampanan ng matuwid ang trabaho niyo ay tiyak na “ligaw” kayo sa daang matuwid.

  • patawad

    Despite issues against Pangilinan during the Arroyo admin, inappoint pa ni Penoy kasi, yan tuloy, tinuluy tuluyan niya pagiging corrupt.  Kahit nag goodbye na yan, marami natipon to rest the rest of his life.  Kapag sinuswerte nga naman, haaayyyyy buhay penoy na kahit abnoy pa.

    • Jon Paul

       sarrrrap mong batukan!

  • speaksoftlylove

    Another one bites the dust. Pangilinan, puntahan mo si De Mesa at baka may bakante pa sa nilipatan niya.

  • Pedro


    • Komen To

      If PNoy is really serious in cleaning up BUCOR, Col. Querubin is a sure candidate for the job. That is, if Daang Matuwid is really true

  • Marshall

    Si Captain Faeldon swak sa posisyon na yan…

  • tarikan

    The next BuCor  chief should & must standardize the prison cells. No kubols, no outside catering for the inmates, no physical contacts between visitor and inmate, no special rec facilities for the inmates like constructing a tennis court shouldered by the inmate, inmates must always be in uniform unless when going to sleep, no sari-sari store inside the prison compound, etc. The next BuCor chief has his hands full.

  • kilabot

    will resurface later in another more lucrative govt position; 
    what is he a kkk for?

  • Komen To

    So I can head the bureau, sell my integrity to prisoners, set them free for a high fee, then take a leave of absence when news is hot, and when all has settled down, quietly resign. Is that a good script for the next top grosser?

  • vir_a

    The person who can reform the prisons bureau is not yet born.

  • Fred

    Pinatagal mo pa!
    As a replacement, can we try Bingbong Crisologo or Baby Asistio?
    Wild suggestion only.

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       si chavit “sabit” kaya?

  • Opel

    iba sa bilibid, mas siga mga bigboss na preso keysa sa mga correctional officers, tsk tsk tsk. try puting in members of the AFP para pasigahan na lang cla.

  • boybakal

    “So that I can now officially open the process of vetting certain applicants, certain nominees and TO SCOUT FOR TALENTS,” De Lima told reporters”

    BuCor Director…talents?, De Lima is scouting for talents….funny
    Like in basketball, De Lima scouts a point guard, who can not only guard but shoot.

    How could there be talent in BuCor Director, you need a leader with knowledge and integrity not talent.
    Maybe De Lima is looking for a Director who has RAW, All Around, Hidden Talent.
    De Lima is looking for a Prodigy, a talent for movie or sports not a Director of Prisoners…aka Criminals.
    Funny….English carabao.

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       Ilagay si duterte para mabawasan na ang populasyon ng munti!

  • Sandiego

    Run the prisons like a military boot camp. Strict discipline. That will solve all problems.

  • noyab

    natuto rin MAHIYA ang isang member  ng KKK..kabarilan, kaibigan, kabaklaan….ha ha ha

  • disqusted0fu

    of all the anomalies happening in the BuCor, its just right that Pangilinan quits. but as a member of Aquino’s kkk, it wouldnt be surprising if one day the president appoints Pangilinan to a higher position. then he would appoint another kkk to be BuCor chief. not much difference

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