By Macon Araneta
FilAm Star Correspondent
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on September 1 called om the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the killing of a Bilibid official who was part of the team in the botched release of former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez.
In the joint probe by the Senate Blue Ribbon and Justice committees, Sotto suggested to Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra to investigate the motive behind the death of Ruperto Traya Jr., BuCor chief administrative officer 3.
Sotto noted that Traya was shot dead in Barangay Poblacion in Muntinlupa City by an unidentified gunman seven days after the news of the impending release of Sanchez broke out.
“I think it’s but proper, Sec. Guevarra, for the NBI to investigate thoroughly and get to the bottom of this nang malaliman siguro,” Sotto told the Senate panels chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, investigating the implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).
Sotto said Traya was working closely with the documents section, the department involved in the release orders of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) who were qualified for release based on GCTA.
The GCTA allowed some people convicted of heinous crimes to be released from prison.
Sotto said the release orders originated from the office of the slain BuCor official.
For his part, NBI Director Dante Gierran told Gordon’s panels that they are now investigating the killing.
Gierran said they have started gathering intelligence about Traya’s death.
“We have two or three angles about this, something we cannot divulge at the moment,” said Gierran.
The release of Sanchez, who was convicted in the rape-murder of Eileen Sarmenta and the killing of her boyfriend Alan Gomez, was halted following a public outrage.
President Rodrigo Duterte also ordered to stop the release of Sanchez following questions in his “good conduct” while serving seven life terms at the New Bilibid Prison.