Where is new BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon?
Is the new head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) missing in action?
According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, recently installed BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon “has not showed up or said anything.”
“I have no idea why. I have mentioned this fact to the Executive Secretary during the Cabinet meeting last Tuesday. He said he would mention it to the President,” Guevarra said Friday.
Last month, the Palace confirmed that Faeldon will replace Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa as head of BuCor since Dela Rosa has been deemed automatically resigned upon the filing of his certificate of candidacy for senator in the 2019 elections.
Prior his designation to BuCor, Faeldon was former head of the Bureau Customs (BOC) but resigned in the midst of investigations into the smuggling of P6.4 billion “shabu” from China.
After his resignation, Faeldon was reappointed as Deputy Administrator of the Office Civil Defense (OCD).
Guevarra said that without a head, the BuCor will function but “not very normally.”
“An OIC merely performs day-to-day functions,” Guavarra said adding that a director “can sign important contracts, procure materials of substantial value, do personnel movements etc.”
Last year, the DOJ cleared Faeldon and several others from the illegal drugs complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in relation to the smuggled P6.4 billion shabu.
Faeldon was one of the soldiers given amnesty under Proclamation No. 75 together with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
On August 31, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 572 revoking the amnesty given to Trillanes.
Faeldon earlier said that if there is an irregularity on the amnesty, he is ready to go back to jail.
As BuCor head, Faeldon is tasked to be in charge of seven operating prison units, including Abuyog Penal Colony in Leyte, Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro, San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City, New Bilibid Prison and the Davao Prison and Penal Farm. /kga
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.