Ombudsman suspends 27 BuCor officials; says evidence on “anomalous release” of convicts of heinous crimes “appears to be strong”

(Eagle News)–The Office of the Ombudsman has suspended 27 Bureau of Corrections officials over the Good Conduct Time Allowance mess.

Among those suspended for six months without pay were Ramoncito Roque, chief of the BuCor records section, Senior Insp. Ma. Belinda Bansil and Veronica Buño of the Custodial section.

Yolanda Camelon had testified she paid P50,000 to Roque and Bansil for the early release of her partner from the New Bilibid Prison.

She said she also dealt with Buño.

According to the Ombudsman, the 27 were guilty of of grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of service.

“The office finds that the evidence in the form of testimonies of witnesses and public documents showing the anomalous release of prisoners convicted of heinous crimes appear to be strong,” the Ombudsman said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon over the controversy.