Ombudsman orders probe on BuCor mess

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    OMBUDSMAN Samuel Martires has ordered an investigation on Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials involved in the release of prisoners under the Good Conduct Time Allowance law.

    Martires said that “since the Ombudsman has assumed jurisdiction over this case, no other agency is allowed to conduct a parallel investigation unless so authorized by the Ombudsman pursuant to law.”

    He added that “in order to avoid any possible conflicting findings, agencies such as the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, which announced its intent to also investigate the matter, should defer to the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman.”

    More than 18,000 prisoners have been granted early release since 2013 under the GCTA, including 2,160 inmates convicted of heinous crimes.

    The GCTA came under scrutiny due to public uproar over the impending release of former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez, who had been sentenced several life terms for the rape-slay of UP student Eileen Sarmenta and killing of her companion Allan Gomez in 1993.