Bato has asked powers for BuCor to release inmates, DOJ chief says

Bato has asked powers for BuCor to release inmates, DOJ chief says

- DOJ Sec. Menardo Guevarra said that Sen. Bato dela Rosa has sought for powers before when he was still in the Bureau of Corrections

- Dela Rosa requested for powers to release inmates with expired sentences

- However, Guevarra said that he did not act on the letter

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According to Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevara, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has sought for powers to release inmates with expired sentences.

KAMI learned that Guevarra received a letter from the “higher authority” in BuCor last 2018.

In a report by CNN Philippines, Guevarra explained that he did not act on the request that he just saw “until fairly recently.”

"It made mention of a memorandum dated June 4, 2018 from Usec Ronald dela Rosa, Director General of BuCor, requesting for the grant of authority for the Director General to approve or act upon the following request enumerated in Department Order 953... The first and foremost is the release of PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) with expired sentences," Guevarra said.

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As reported by ABS-CBN News (author Dharel Placido), Dela Rosa argued that he just made the request "because we were the ones being charged criminally by the PDLs for failure to release them on time and not the DOJ."

Recently, the BuCor has been making the headlines following the reports that thousands of prisoners were released without seeking the approval of the DOJ.

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In a previous report by KAMI, sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon has been fired by President Rodrigo Duterte for not following his order.

Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa was appointed as the head of Bureau of Corrections from April to October 2018. Before that, he also served as the chief of the Philippine National Police from 2016 to 2018.

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