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DOJ chief Remulla suspends BuCor director general Gerald Bantag

/ 10:20 AM October 21, 2022
DOJ chief Remulla suspends BuCor director Gerald Bantag

Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) director general Gerald Bantag | INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director general Gerald Bantag has been suspended to give way for an investigation following the death of the alleged middleman in the killing of Percival Mabasa, popularly known as Percy Lapid.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla said the suspension was issued upon orders of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

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Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Boying Remulla

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla shows to the media the case record of the middleman who died inside Bilibid. | PHOTO: Tetch Torres

“He [the President] asked me to preventively suspend Usec./DG (Director General) Bantag of BuCor in order to have a fair, impartial investigation on the matter so that all doubts will be put to rest,” Remulla told reporters at a press conference.

The preventive suspension without pay will be for 90 days effective immediately.

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Designated as officer-in-charge of BuCor is former Armed Forces chief-of-staff Gregorio Catapang Jr.

The inmate, whose records showed three different names; 1. Crisanto Palara Villamor Jr.; 2. Jun Villamor y Globa and; 3. Jun Villamor y Garcia died on October 18 in the afternoon, the same day that a press conference was held in Camp Crame where confessed gunman Joel Escorial was presented to the media.

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