Bureau of Corrections deputy director Rolando Asuncion resigns

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Deputy Director for Operations C/Supt. Rolando Asuncion has resigned from his post.

In a text message to CNN Philippines on Friday, Asuncion said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III ordered him to take a leave pending an "investigation."

Asuncion said he was accused of receiving two vehicles from an inmate linked to the drug trade.

"Ayaw ko pong lalo nila akong siraan kapag magpatuloy ako sa BuCor, kaya minabuti ko pong mag-resign," he said.

[Translation: I don't want them to accuse me of corruption while I am serving in the BuCor, which is why I decided to resign.]

Asuncion was BuCor officer-in-charge (OIC) when a violent incident, which killed a high-profile inmate, erupted at the New Bilibid Prison in September.

He was OIC for five months, until BuCor Director General Benjamin delos Santos was appointed in November 2016.