By Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra believes a mechanism should be in place to combat corruption at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
“I just felt that in any corruption-prone agency, an adequate check-and-balance mechanism should be in place,” he told reporters on Saturday (Sept. 14).
“It’s a general idea that we still have to work out in terms of particulars,” he added.
Earlier, Guevarra said there may be a need to for a legislative review of Republic Act 10592.
“I am beginning to think that the law itself that supposedly strengthened the BuCor (and consequently diminished DOJ control over it) may have to be reviewed,” he said.
RA 10592 which was passed in 2013 and revised provisions of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) which allowed the early release of inmates by granting more GCTAs to them.
DOJ spokesman and Undersecretary Markk Perete had explained “RA 10575 made the BuCor a line agency of the DOJ from its previous status as a constituent bureau.”
“Since its passage, DOJ can only exercise administrative supervision over the BuCor instead of control,” Perete pointed out.
“This is also the law used by BuCor’s legal to justify its assertion that its decisions as regards the release of high profile inmates do not need notice to, much less prior approval by, the SoJ (secretary of justice),” he lamented, however.