Duterte should consider appointing a mayor as BuCor chief – solon

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Buhay party-list Representative Lito Atienza

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte should consider tapping a local chief executive to head the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said Thursday.

“If I were the president, I’d look deeper [in]to the executive positions today among mayors, governors,” Atienza told CNN Philippines’ The Source.

Tignan naman nya. Meron sigurong mga mayor na magaling magmaneho dyan at magaling na subukan katulad nyan na ginawa nating president. Gawin naman nating BuCor chief kasi importane ang experience, importante ‘yung track record, importante ‘yung record nya walang mantsa ng corruption,” the lawmaker added.

[Translation: He should look at it. There may be mayors who are competent like him, who has even become a president. He should choose one as BuCor chief because experience and track-record are important.]

Atienza, a former Manila mayor, said the bureau’s next leader should not come from either the police or military.

“I’m against getting somebody form the police, ‘yun ang problemam natin; ikot tayo nang ikot sa pulis wala naman tayong nakukuha na upright na officer,” he said.

[Translation: I’m against getting somebody form the police. That's our problem; we keep choosing from the police but we never found an upright officer.]

“I disagree with the president on that. He has a liking for the military or police. Ano nangyare kay (Nicanor) Faeldon, ano nangyare kay PCSO? ‘Yung mga military men na ina-appoint nya ay parang nagmamadali.. nagmamadaling yumaman,” he added.

[Translation: I disagree with the president on that. He has a liking for the military or police. What happened to Faeldon and the PCSO? The military men he appointed were in a hurry to get rich.]

The President recently fired Faeldon, as former military man, as the director general of the BuCor amid the questionable early release of some heinous crime convicts under the Good Conduct Time Allowance Law, which shortens a sentence on the basis of good conduct.

READ: Duterte fires Faeldon for 'disobeying' his order

Prior to Faeldon, the BuCor was under Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa who was a former Philippine National Police chief.