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DOJ summons BuCor chief Bantag over wall restricting Muntinlupa village access

/ 10:43 PM November 27, 2021
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BuCor Director Gerald Quitaleg Bantag. Photo from the Department of Justice)

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Bantag following the construction of a wall to restrict the access of Katarungan Village residents to the road inside the New Bilibid Prison security facility.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed to INQUIRER.net on Saturday that he had summoned Bantag with regards to the development.

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Earlier, Guevarra advised the BuCor to suspend any further construction of barricades or walls to restrict the access of Katarungan Village residents. The Justice Department does not exercise control over BuCor “except on quasi-judicial matters only,” according to Guevarra.

Asked by INQUIRER.net if this meant that the DOJ could only advise but not order BuCor to suspend the activity, Guevarra said in a Viber message: “Sadly, that is true.”

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“Control means the power to reverse, set aside, modify, or suspend an action or a decision of a subordinate official. supervision is ensuring that a subordinate is not acting beyond the limits of his authority. In the case of the BuCor, we at the DOJ must first be informed of the reasons for the closure of the road, before we take any appropriate supervisory action,” Guevarra added.

“I have advised the BuCor to hold any further construction until we have discussed the underlying reasons or justification, and the proper consultations with the LGU and the communities affected have been conducted,” he continued.

BuCor has constructed a wall to a road giving access to residents of Katarungan Village 1 and Katarungan Village 2 on Friday.

The residents, however, destroyed the wall erected by BuCor personnel on Saturday. In response, BuCor destroyed the road on Saturday, according to the city government.

PANUORIN: Pagsira ng BuCor sa kalsada patungong Katarungan Village 1 at 2, Muntinlupa Nat’l HS, at PLMun. Ito ay matapos na magtayo ng pader ang BuCor sa lugar kagabi. Ang mga apektadong residente ay mawawalan na ng access patungong city proper.(Video courtesy: Lester Joas Perez)###Basahin ang unang pahayag ni Mayor Jaime Fresnedi:“PAHAYAG SA ITINAYONG PADER NG BUCOR SA KATARUNGAN VILLAGEWalang permit at koordinasyon sa Pamahalaang Lungsod, Pamahalaang Barangay ng Poblacion, at mga residente ng Katarungan Village 1 and 2 ang itinayong pader ng Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).Napakaraming residente ang mawawalan ng daan papunta sa bayan dahil sa ginawa nilang harang. Mawawalan din ng access pati mga guro at mag-aaral ng Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa at Muntinlupa National High School.Pa-traydor na itinayo ang pader sa gitna ng gabi. Ano po ba talaga ang pakay at patagong itinatayo ang mga ito?Kagabi ay agad na nagpunta sa binakurang lugar si Congressman Ruffy Biazon, City Administrator Allan Cachuela at Department Heads ng Pamahalaang Lungsod, pati na rin si Kap. Allen Ampaya at mga kagawad ng Brgy. Poblacion, para kausapin ang pamunuan ng Bucor.Pinatitigil ang pagtatayo ng pader dahil kahit aplikasyon sa fencing permit ay hindi naman kumuha ang BuCor. Iligal ang inilagay nilang harang.Hindi nakinig ang BuCor sa paulit-ulit na paliwanag. Matapos ang ilang oras, mismong mga residente ang gumawa ng hakbang upang alisin ang harang.Hindi ito unang beses na ginawa ng BuCor. Dumaan tayo sa proseso ng pakikipag-usap sa kanila. Kaliwa’t kanan ang apila. Sumulat sa Malacañang, sa Justice Department at nagsagawa pa ng hearing sa Kongreso ang Justice Committee. Nagpasa rin ng resolusyon ang Sangguniang Panglungsod.Kaya ngayong araw ay nagpatawag ako ng agarang pagpupulong para pag-usapan kung anong legal action ang maaaring gawin ukol sa pagbubukas ng kalsada.Ang ginawang pagharang ng BuCor sa daan ay hindi lamang pagwawalang bahala sa Lokal na Pamahalaan kung hindi malinaw na kawalang respeto sa karapatan ng mga Muntinlupeño.Hindi po rito magtatapos ito.”https://www.facebook.com/100044297926079/posts/463690945117499/?d=n

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Posted by City Government of Muntinlupa – OFFICIAL on Friday, November 26, 2021

BuCor firm

“BuCor stands firm on its position on the intensified and continued efforts in performing its mandates,” the bureau said in a statement on Saturday.

BuCor said the measure adopted was in response to “several incidents and reports on illegal activities perpetuated” inside the NBP.

Meanwhile, the city council held an emergency special session on Saturday and passed a resolution to declare Bantag as persona non grata. The resolution will be signed on Monday.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi earlier condemned the BuCor move.

“BuCor’s action to block the road is not only a disregard for the local government but clearly shows a lack of respect for the rights of Muntinlupeños. This does not end here,” Fresnedi said in a statement in Filipino.

In March this year, the BuCor erected a wall on Insular Prison Road, one of the roads in the NBP Reservation which provides access for residents of Southville 3 to and from Barangay Poblacion proper and the city proper. Another wall was also erected in an access road inside the NBP compound in Type B Magdaong.

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