Duterte names Faeldon BuCor chief

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) — Nicanor Faeldon may soon head the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

President Rodrigo Duterte "has chosen" Faeldon as BuCor Director General, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Friday. The BuCor, an agency under the Department of Justice (DOJ), is charged with the custody and rehabilitation of offenders.

"The DOJ has interposed no objections to the proposed appointment of Mr. Faeldon, and is now seeking the favorable endorsement of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as part of the requirements under the Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013," Guevarra said in a text message to reporters.

According to the law, the BuCor chief shall be "appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Secretary of the DOJ, with the proper endorsement by the Chairman of the CSC."

Faeldon will take over the post vacated by Ronald dela Rosa who has filed his certificate of candidacy for the Senate.

Faeldon is now Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Operations.

He stepped down as Customs Commissioner in August 2017 amid the controversy over the P6.4-billion drug haul from China that slipped past authorities in May of the same year. He was also accused of accepting bribes, a claim he has repeatedly denied.

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