De Lima still backs embattled BuCor head



Justice Secretary Leila de Lima INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila De Lima stood by the head of the Bureau of Corrections who has been slapped with a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman for not paying contractual obligations in connection with the biometrics clearance system of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Based on the complaint, BuCor OIC Rafael Marcos Ragos, also the NBI deputy director for comptrollership, was accused of deliberately withholding payment of at least P14 million (net of withholding taxes) for the services rendered by Realtime Data Management Services Inc. (RDMSI) to NBI from July to September this year.

The firm, through its vice president for external affairs Atty. Orlando Dizon, filed the complaint against Ragos for violations of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards and RA 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act last December 13.

De Lima said she is not affected by the case filed against Ragos.

She told reporters Thursday that she has full trust and confidence over Ragos.

Ragos was appointed OIC BuCor chief following the grenade throwing incident a few months back replacing Manuel Co who is the current Administrator of the Board of Pardons and Parole.

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  • Bengatibo

    We don’t need your trust in him. Kung may pagkukulang, sibakin!!! Puro media hype si De Lima!!! Baka si De Lima ang May Pagkukulang. Sibakin na rin. Para tapos na ang kuwento. Kung hindi kaya ang trabaho, tanggalin. Tapos na ang media publicity. Sayang ang oras para pag-isipan ang mga issue na ganito!

  • Homer Guo

    pa cute si de5… di naman umuubra sa publiko.

  • mekeni62

    kapag kakampi hindi nawawalan ng trust pero kapag kalaban sibak ASAP. uunlad nga tayo niyan.

  • Your_King

    The Justice Secretary herself breaks laws and Aquino encourages it if it benefits him and his Administration. Double standards are defining his Presidency.

    • scconcern

      Sometimes breaking laws is not bad, will depend on obselesense, morality and logic. Laws are made by humans with biases and interest (eg. Blue Sunday Law is for Chrsitian only, which violate religious freedom and separation from state). I remember a good advise: anyone can go against rule and law as long as it does not hurt, not even the tip of a toe.
      On this case, I think De Lima should temporary relieve Ragos until the case is decided, for Delicadesa/ethics for neutrality. The problem De Lima has, is the slow resolution of cases….
      The court/Judicial system is elitist and dysfunctional, which need to be revamp to democratic one. The pluralistic group of citizentry will render the judgement, while the lawyers will be adviser/consultant to plaintiff and accused, administrator, moderator and renderer of punishment in the courts.

      • Your_King

        Saying that breaking the law is not bad is not good. Aquino is sending the wrong message to Filipinos by setting an example that breaking the law is somehow acceptable. It is not. Those who say that breaking the law is not bad clearly is a law breaker.

  • boybakal

    De Lima still BACKS embattled BuCor head…

    Ibang klase talaga si De Lima, pag kakampi BACKS, pag kaaway SACKS.

  • disqusted0fu

    right or wrong, the kkks will have each others backs no matter what. unless of course its the big boss who gives them the directives, thats a different story

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