“Why are you so interested in their deaths? Are your protectors of the drug lords,” -BuCor Chief

“Why are you so interested in their deaths? Are your protectors of the drug lords,” -BuCor Chief




It’s a valid question that calls for an answer.

Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag, was not able to hold his punches when he jabbed at the senators who demanded his resignation over the deaths of high-profile drug convicts who have been declared to succumbed from the novel coronavirus 2019 disease.

“Why are you so interested in their deaths? Are your protectors of the drug lords,” Bantag told senators who are pushing for the investigation of convicted drug lord Jaybee Sebastian and eight others.
Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag
(photo credit to owner)

The BuCor chief asked twhy the senators are so interested to the death of the nine COVID-19 fatalities when there were 21 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) actually died due to the disease.
“Twenty-one PDL died because of COVID. Now, why are they questioning only the deaths of nine inmates who were high-profile? Why don’t they investigate the other 12?,” Bantag said during an exclusive radio interview.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to launch a probe regarding the matter.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon of the Liberal Party and Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Senator Richard Gordon also demanded the necessary probe.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Risa Hontiveros who is also part of the opposition bloc in the Senate filed resolutions to conduct a Senate investigation in relation to the deaths of the nine (9) high-profile NBP inmates, who had been cremated without informing first the DOJ.

Bantag have been reiterating that they were just protecting the privacy of the PDL to keep them away from the “stigma of prison,” the reason why they initially concealed the fatalities’ identities.






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