Inmate’s wife confirms ‘GCTA for sale’ modus in Bilibid: 'Pwedeng installment!'

Yolanda Camilon photo from abs-cbn (ctto)

The wife of an inmate detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) appeared at the Senate Thursday (September 5) claimed that Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials were receiving money  in exchange for a prisoner’s early release from prison.

Yolanda Camilon testified before the joint Senate committee hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law narrated her experience with BuCor officials in an attempt to negotiate the early release of her husband if she pays for a certain amount.

Camilon said that a certain Major Mabel Bansil, a Correctional senior inspector talked to her in February of this year about the GCTA law as the basis for his release if she was willing to pay P50,000.

She added that Bansil introduced her to BuCor documents section chief Staff Sergeant Ramoncito Roque.
Camilon said she gave Roque P10,000 as an initial payment, with the intent of paying the remaining P40,000 in two installments.

Despite complying with their deal, Camilon’s husband was not released supposedly last March. She said the promised date for her husband’s release was then moved to June.
When the schedule wasn’t met, Camelon said she no longer wanted to negotiate with the BuCor officials and demanded her money back. However, Camilon said neither Bansil nor Roque returned her money.
The witness said she decided to come forward and testify when she heard from the news about the controversy over the GCTA Law.

The GCTA law also known as Republic Act 10592, which grants qualified inmates with good behavior, a reduced prison time thru earned credits for good conduct.
With the recent reports that former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez, who is serving seven life terms for the rape and murder of college students, Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez was ordered to be released, caused an uproar from the public.
President Duterte suspended its implementation after reports that the law has been used to justify the release of several convicts of heinous crimes, such as Chinese drug lords and three of the individuals convicted for the rape and murder Chiong sisters in 1997.

Senate Blue Ribbon committee chairman Senator Richard Gordon will continue on September 9, the hearing on the GCTA Law.

Source: Politiko


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