Former BuCor official shot dead, motive possible link to testimonies on GCTA anomalies


A former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) official who testified before  the Senate’s inquiry into the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law was shot dead Wednesday afternoon, just a few meters away from New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, police said.

Lawyer Frederick Anthony Santos, a former legal officer of BuCor,  was onboard his pick-up when he was gunned down in front of his child’s  school in Barangay Poblacion, more or less 100 meters away from the main gate of NBP.

Santos lay slumped inside his pick-up truck, after he was gunned down a few meters away from the New Bilibid Prison.

According to the Southern Police District (SPD), Santos was about to fetch his daughter from Southernside Montessori School along Katihan Street when two unidentified suspects shot him.

The suspects were able to escape, police said.

Santos sustained gunshot wounds in the head and was declared dead on the spot by the Muntinlupa City rescue team, police said.

Authorities launched hot pursuit operations against the perpetrators of the crime.

Santos served as BuCor’s legal division chief when senators looked into the bureau for allowing heinous crime convicts to walk free without seeking the approval of the Department of Justice, the agency overseeing the bureau.

Santos  was cited in contempt for supposedly lying and being evasive when asked about the alleged anomalies in New Bilibid Prison.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee had recommended the filing of charges against former BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon and 6 other officials.

At least three BuCor officials had been killed since 2018.

Police said their murders could have links to the release of heinous crime convicts.

Santos was the legal division chief of the BuCor who was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman.

He was also detained by the Senate in September 2019 over controversies in the GCTA law’s implementation.  

Santos’ office is not included in the process of screening for GCTA grants.

However,  he was questioned  by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on his role in providing legal opinion on whether the BuCor chief needs the justice secretary’s approval to release inmates sentenced to reclusion perpetua.

At the Senate, Santos testified  he had told then-BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon of the rule requiring the justice secretary’s approval for releases.

However,  when Faeldon denied this,  Santos backtracked on his earlier statement, and said he could not recall whether it was just relayed to a staff member./Stacy Ang



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