By Noreen Jazul
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said someone should be held accountable for the mess in the implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
“Hindi pu-pwede na ‘sorry ha,’ mea culpa, etcetera. Until people are made to account for their acts, the sincerity of government will be questioned in terms of its vowed desire to rid governance of corruption,” Pangilinan said.
When asked if former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon should be held accountable, Pangilinan said: “Well, he already said even before he resigned that he should be held to account. Dapat magpaliwanag, dapat ma-imbestigehan, and dapat makasuhan.”
Pangilinan also said former BuCor chiefs, like Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, should also be made to explain.
“I think he [Dela Rosa] should be…made to explain during his time. Yung mga napakawalan, so lahat sila na nag pakawala ng napakaraming heinous crime convicts,” he said.
The senator, meanwhile, said the problem with the GCTA law is really rooted on its implementation.
“Yes, they may be some ambiguity, assuming there is, but there is Executive Order 935. Ano ba naman yung ikaw yung hepe, papakawalan mo si Antonio Sanchez, di mo man lang tinanong, yan ba nag bayad na ng danyos yan? Eh di pa pala nag babayad eh, paano mo mapapasok sa good conduct yon, paano mo masabing good conduct, di pa nga kinikilala ang utos ng korte. It’s more of an implementation issue and common sense,” Pangilinan said.