Aquino still scouting for next prisons chief—Palace


Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—President Aquino has been looking for someone who could fix the country’s penal system although he has not acted on the resignation of Bureau of Corrections chief, Malacañang said on Sunday.

BuCor Chief Gaudencio Pangilinan has tendered his resignation after four months of going on leave over the Rolito Go abduction fiasco.

“Certainly the President is looking for someone who can fix the problems in the penal system,’’ Secretary Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesperson, said in an interview over government-run dzRB.

Lacierda acknowledged the many problems plaguing the New Bilibid Prisons, that was why Justice Secretary Leila de Lima intended “to throw the book at those responsible for all the various shenanigans.’’

But whether the President would act on Pangilinan’s resignation would be known a day after Christmas, Lacierda said.

It was De Lima who confirmed to the press that Pangilinan has tendered his resignation, but that the President has not acted on this. She said she would wait for Mr. Aquino’s action so that the vetting for certain applicants could start.

Pangilinan went on indefinite leave in August after Go went missing in the NBP. It turned out Go and his nephew were abducted.

The President had expressed disappointment over Go’s escape, given that measures had been adopted following news that prominent inmates had been allowed to “live out’’ in the past.

The President wondered why Go’s caper still happened despite the reforms instituted by Pangilinan.

Go and his nephew-nurse disappeared from the NBP’s minimum security compound one night and were recovered the following night.

Pangilinan himself is facing charges before the Office of the Ombudsman filed by a prison guard who alleged anomalies in the BuCor since the former took over.

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

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  • Raymond


    • Loggnat

      I will nominate Palparan for that job. Majority of those prisoners are found guilty by the courts already, the iron hands of Palparan will keep them in a straight line or else they can try escaping and climb the perimeter fences so his guards can put in some rifle accuracy training. You’ll never know, the Bilibid Prison might produce an gold Olympic medalist in rifle shooting or at least some accurate snipers for the elite special forces or the Marines. :)

  • EOJ

    Either Lacson, Ex Gen. Quirobin or ex Gen. Lim will be good.

  • boybakal

    Wala naman problema sa mga naging Chiefs ng BuCor…ayos nga ang pamamalakad.
    Ginawan lang ng scandal, pinalaki ang mga balita. Pati si De Lima nakisawsaw.
    Di naman kumbento ang NBP kundi lugar ng mga Kriminal…anong akala ninyo mga Santo ang nasa BuCor.
    Kahit sino ang ilagay ninyo, wag lang mautot balita na, kahit araw araw magpalit kayo ng Chief ganyan din ang resulta.
    Ibig sabihin…normal lang ang konting patayan o kubol.
    Mas grabe pa nga sa ibang bansa, riot kabikabila.
    Ilagay na lang si De Lima, tutal siya lang palit ng palit ng Chief.

    • Barak_O

      ikaw daw ilalagay ni panot

      casual nga lang muna bago regular

      post mo pangalan mo at address


  • Barak_O

    rudy duterte or ping lacson


      @Barak_O: mas magaling si leila de lima, kasi tigasin.

  • disqusted0fu

    friends and relatives of the president, start cozying up to him. experience and credentials does not matter. its just about who he thinks will obey all his commands, right or wrong, like a puppet.

  • Your_King

    Everyone in the Aquino Administration is jumping ship…from the DAR Sec. to his head legal counsel to the BuCor Chief. His Administration is imploding and they are doing their best to cover it up and continue to trick the public by riding on the PNoy’s celebrity status.

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