Joint Senate panel orders release from detention of Bansil, Buño

A copy of the release order for Veronica Buño and Mabel Bansil./Meanne Corvera/Eagle News/

(Eagle News)–The joint Senate panel looking into the problems in the Bureau of Corrections has ordered the release of two BuCor personnel they had cited for contempt for supposedly lying.

Ordered released on Wednesday, Oct. 9, were Insp. Maria Benilda Bansil and C02 Veronica Buño.

“Pursuant to the provision on the order of arrest that they will be released if and when they cleanse themselves of the contumacious conduct and testify truthfully, the committee hereby orders (their) immediate release,” the order signed by  committee on justice and human rights chair Richard Gordon said.

It directed the Senate sergeant at arms to implement the order.

So far, two policemen–Rodney Baloyo and Ronald Santos–remain in contempt–Baloyo for his alleged lying during the Senate panel hearing and Santos for his failure to heed the subpoena.

Baloyo and Santos were among 13 policemen who conducted a drug raid in Pampanga in 2013 that was found to have been irregular.