By Daniel Llanto
FilAm Star Correspondent
Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the controversial release of heinous crime convicts from the National Penitentiary would deal a death blow to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs even as it would abet extra-judicial killings (EJKs) in the country.
The drift of Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s concern is obvious: Release of hardened convicts would give criminals and would-be criminals the sense that they could commit evil and go free anyway if they behaved well while serving their sentence.
These scenarios having infuriated her, Sara joined the call for the possible dismissal of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Gen. Nicanor Faeldon if he failed to explain satisfactorily the release of inmates convicted of heinous crimes.
Twenty-two years since the kidnapping, rape, and killing of sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong in Cebu, the men convicted in the case have reportedly been set free under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.
At a Senate hearing over the GCTS, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said the convicts in this heinous crime now roaming free are Jozman Aznar, Allan Cano and Ariel Balansag. Lacson also questioned the release of four unnamed Chinese drug lords.
Nearly 2,000 convicts, including those serving jail terms for illegal drugs trade and other heinous crimes, were confirmed released through the GCTA law. Among those allegedly freed on the basis of good conduct were 48 drug lords, including Chinese traffickers.
Duterte-Carpio said Malacañang should demand a report from the BuCor Chief. She noted that the Office of the President can exercise its power to review if it finds all the releases had no basis in law.
“I think the Office of the President should ask Faeldon to explain and then (it should) exercise the power to review. Thereafter, they can fire or ask him to resign if they think he had no basis in law for all the releases made,” she said.
In Mayor Duterte-Carpio’s view, the application of the GCTA law “should exclude heinous crimes mainly on the basis of the unspeakable evil of the crime they committed.”
“The convicts may be reformed inside the prison but they should be made to pay for life for the depravity of the crime they have committed.
That is the price they should pay,” President Duterte’s daughter explained.
She said the GCTA might not have become an issue if “the death penalty is in place.”
In re-affirming her support to the death penalty restoration, Mayor Duterte-Carpio said: “There is no point in using government money in keeping them alive. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth for heinous crimes convicts is reasonable.”
Sara said the release of drug convicts was saddening as it’s already difficult to send somebody to jail and “then they would only be released.”
“There is really good behavior inside the jail because their freedom is restricted. Give them freedom and they will party,” she noted.
She also supported calls to make public the names of those freed based on GCTA. “The list should be made public. It is laced with public interest because they are convicts. Chances are high they will commit crimes again. That is our reality. The possibility of reform is low in humans,” Sara added.
Faeldon is also under fire for the botched release of former Calauan City Mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was sentenced to seven terms of life imprisonment for the rape-slay of Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her companion Allan Gomez in 1993.
Reports claimed that Faeldon signed the release order of Sanchez which was set on 20 August but the BuCor Chief earlier denied that he authorized the release papers.
He turned white when shown the release document with his signature.