Catapang appointment as BuCor head to be permanent soon
MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Monday announced that Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr.’s appointment as head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) would soon become permanent.
“He [suspended BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag] will be replaced already. It is within the power of the President,” Remulla told reporters.
He said, hopefully, by tomorrow, during the cabinet meeting, he will receive Catapang’s formal appointment.
Catapang, a retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of staff, assumed officer-in-charge of the BuCor after Bantag was suspended for 90 days in October last year due to his alleged involvement in the death of an inmate with direct links to the killing of broadcaster Percival Mabasa or Percy Lapid.
Last week, Bantag suspended for another 90 days again for allowing a television network to interview convicted General Jovito Palparan.
When asked why it took months to permanently remove Bantag as BuCor head, Remulla explained that “we are not in the business of just replacing people just like that.”
“We have to study everything, and we have to wait for the developments to come in for us to really be sure of what we are doing,” he said.
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