Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag slammed the Senators who were grilling him over the demise of high-profile inmates, including Jaybee Sebastian.
A few days ago, one of the Senators Richard Gordon called what happened to the high-profile inmates of national penitentiary ‘questionable’.
“Alam naman natin ang lalaki ng pera diyan sa Muntinlupa, ang dali-daling gumawa ng pera diyan. Nakakalabas dahil binayaran ng preso ‘yung superintendent. Nakakapunta kunwari sa ospital pero dalawang taon sa ospital, nag-gu-goodtime, nagka-casino. Pati doktor nababayaran,” Gordon said.
Bantag defended himself and asked the Senators why they’re so interested only to the 9 high-profile inmates while there were a total of 21 persons deprived of liberty who actually faced their demise because of the same reasons.
“Bakit ang interes nila itong 9 na high profile PDL lang? Nakapagtataka naman. Ano ang interes nila? Ano sila, mga protektor ng high profile dr*g lord? Dr*g lord [lang] ang kinukwestyon nila eh,” Bantag said.
“Twenty-one ang namatay pero ang tinitingnan nila yung mga high profile. Unfair naman sa 12. Twenty-one yun eh. How about the 12? Hindi naman high profile yung namatay pero COVID din. Kaya nga nakapagtataka na napaka interesado sila sa siyam high profile eh meron namang kasama yun na 12″ he added.
He then challenged them to remove him if they don’t trust his leadership anymore, saying that it only gave him headaches.
“Kung wala silang tiwala sa akin, edi tanggalin na ako. Willing naman tayo eh, ang sakit na sa ulo dito eh,” he said.
Aside from Gordon, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and Senator Risa Hontiveros also wanted to dig deeper into the demise of the high-profile inmates by launching a senate investigation.
Senators have yet to comment on Bantag’s criticisms.