Aguirre wants ex-AFP chief to head BuCor again
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday said he would recommend Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief retired general Dionisio Santiago to replace Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Benjamin Delos Santos.
Santiago, a former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), served as BuCor head in 2003.
Aguirre made the announcement after Delos Santos submitted his irrevocable resignation Thursday saying the resurgence of illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) has made him feel that he is no longer relevant.
His resignation is effective immediately.
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Delos Santos, who is also a lawyer agreed to return to the government last year to head BuCor, which was hounded by controversy due to the alleged rampant drug trade at the NBP.
Aguirre said the resignation will be submitted to the President, the appointing authority for proper action.
“We thank Gen. De Los Santos for once again serving in the government and we wish him well in all of his future endeavors,” Aguirre said in a statement. IDL
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