Former Bureau of Corrections head Nicanor Faeldon has tried to realign to Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm, Occidental Mindoro, senators learned Wednesday, P1 billion fund for the rehabilitation of various prison facilities across the country.
Minority Leader Franklin Drilon challenged the delay in releasing funds for the renovation of correctional facilities in Palawan, Davao, Leyte, Zamboanga and the Correctional Institute for Women during the plenary debate on the Department of Justice’s proposed P22.022 billion budget for 2020.
The Chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, said it was because Faeldon decided to move the fund to Sablayan, Mindoro.
Drilon said that what Faeldon did was wrong because the element is already in the law on the budget.
He then asked Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra to remove Faeldon’s letter officially.
BuCor is part of the Justice Department.
In September, President Rodrigo Duterte shot Faeldon in the midst of an uproar over the enforcement of the Good Conduct Time Allowance Act.
Angara said Guevarra has vowed to apply for the P1 billion release and will use it the way Congress wants it to be.
Drilon and Angara said the extension of the 2019 maintenance operating and other spending funds and capital outlay would give the DOJ some breathing space to enact prison rehabilitation.
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