Palace names new BuCor chief

President Duterte on Tuesday appointed Gerald Bantag as the new director-general of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), replacing Nicanor Faeldon who was fired over the controversial good conduct time allowance fiasco.

He once served as warden of the Parañaque and Manila City Jails.

But Bantag was charged with 10 counts of murder for a deadly explosion at the Parañaque City Jail when he was its warden. The grenade explosion in August 2016 killed 10 inmates, including two Chinese nationals accused of drug-related crimes.

A Parañaque City court had even issued an arrest warrant against Bantag.

Senator Bong Go had hinted last September 11 that he had recommended to Duterte that he appoint a “killer” as new BuCor director-general.

For his part, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Bantag was appointed based on his professional competence and honesty.

“The Palace is behind the President’s decision and is confident that DG Bantag will continue the administration’s campaign against corruption as he spearheads reform initiatives in the Bureau,” he said.

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