Faeldon tried to realign P1 billion BuCor funds — Drilon
Cecille Suerte Felipe, Paolo Romero, Ralph Edwin Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - November 21, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA,Philippines — Around P1 billion in Bureau of Corrections funding supposedly allocated to improve regional prisons for this year has not been released after sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon tried to realign the budget to his wife’s hometown in Mindoro, a Senate leader revealed yesterday.

During deliberations on the budget of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for next year, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Faeldon claimed that the money would be used for the improvement of the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro.

BuCor is an attached agency of the DOJ.

“He wanted the funds to be realigned to Sablayan, Mindoro. That’s terrible,” Drilon said.

In September 2018, President Duterte said Faeldon was thinking of running for governor of Mindoro, the hometown of his wife, where he currently resides.

Drilon said the funds have not yet been released by the Department of Budget and Management.

Jose Diño, spokesman for Faeldon, said the former Marine captain merely asked the Senate to fund the programs to solve congestion at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when he was BuCor chief.

“He did not attempt to realign the BuCor budget. He formally requested the Senate ways and means committee to fund the program to decongest the national penitentiary by moving the entire NBP to the nearest available penal colony – Sablayan,” Diño said in a statement.

Faeldon slammed Drilon on Twitter.

“Do not malign me. I am not from Mindoro, I am from Batanes. The requested budget for Sablayan prison was for the relocation of the NBP pursuant to a presidential directive to decongest the NBP” Faeldon said.

Last September, President Duterte fired Faeldon over the release of several prisoners convicted of heinous crimes and other irregularities at the BuCor. 

Millions of pesos worth of illegal drugs have slipped past the Bureau of Customs during Faeldon’s watch, which triggered a Senate probe.

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