Sen. Richard Gordon is pressing the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a more thorough probe into the wave of killings targeting Bureau of Correction officials and employees in the midst of an ongoing Senate inquiry into rampant anomalies at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Gordon prodded crack probers of the NBI to look deeper into the cases noting no less than 11 BuCor personnel were slain since 2011 in still unsolved murder cases.
The senator cited reports that the wave of killings were perpetrated mostly by motorcycle-riding assassins, but was told only one gunman, so far, was caught for killing a prison guard.
In a news statement, Gordon recalled asking NBI Legal Division Chief Attorney Fredric Anthony Santos if he is aware of the killings and what the bureau is doing to resolve the crime, but was told that the bureau still has “no resolutions to the cases yet.”
Gordon said Santos, however, informed Senate probers that one gunman behind the killing of a prison guard was caught.
The senator noted reports reaching the committee that the killings included BuCor Documents Section Assistant Ruperto Traya Jr. who was slain in “riding-in-tandem” shooting incident, apart from Bureau of Reservation Security Service (BRSS) Inspector Romel Reyes, who was killed in September 2018, and Corrections Inspector Angelito Peralta who was shot dead in December 2018.
He added that Corrections Inspector Edgardo Ferrer was stabbed in a separate incident with a pair of scissors by an inmate inside the Maximum Security Compound of the NBP.
“Incidents such as these brought fears among the prisoners,” Justice Undersecretary Deo L. Marco told Senate probers.
Gordon noted reports reaching his office that the Philippine National Police was also looking at the possible link of BuCor murder cases to the controversy surrounding the implementation of the good conduct time allowance that freed heinous crime convicts.
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