President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon after disobeying the President’s order not to free convicts unless higher officials give the command.
“I decided late last night and my orders are, one, that I am demanding the resignation of Faeldon immediately,” he said during a press conference Wednesday night.
“Faeldon has to go because Faeldon disobeyed my order,” Duterte explained.
The President said his order to justice executives, Faeldon and Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, was “no releases until further orders by higher authority,” considering the announcement of rape.
Antonio Sanchez’s early release which later followed a public outrage.
Though the rape-slay convict was not yet released, Duterte was not pleased with the BuCor chief since the latter insisted that Sanchez should be subject to reconsideration.
According to the President, what he just wanted Faeldon to do was to follow his command so the public outcry would subside.
“Ang problema niya, kinabukasan, he came up with a statement with his own computation. Kung sinabi lang niya ang sinabi ko, eh di tapos na.”
“May apoy na nga eh, I was trying to find an extinguisher,” Duterte added.
The former mayor’s release was scheduled last August 20 acquiring sufficient good conduct time allowance (GTCA), which allows deduction to prisoners’ sentence.
The now-terminated BuCor chief admitted that he approved the order that initiated the processing of Sanchez’s release. However, he said he was compelled to follow the law, Republic Act 10592 particularly.
In 2017, Faeldon was allegedly involved in a major drug smuggling in 2017 during his term as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) chief. It was under his watch when a certain P6.4 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country. Despite that, Duterte still put him in position twice.
Meanwhile, when the President was asked if he would reappoint him this time, he said:
“Tanungin n’yo siya kung saan niya gusto pumunta…. Kung sabi niya gusto niya palitan si Secretary Esperon, eh ‘di sabihin mo, ‘Usap tayo.'”