In a live interview over ANC earlier this evening, President Rodrigo R. Duterte revealed in the presence of members of his Cabinet and representatives of both the television, broadcast and print media in a press conference in Malacanang that he has ordered the resignation of controversial Director Nicanor Faeldon of the Bureau of Prisons. The directive was precipitated by the order issued by Faeldon to release Antonio Sanchez, a convicted prisoner, under the benefits of GCTA despite the fact that Sanchez is accused of heinous crime. Earlier, Faeldon has reportedly already ordered the release of 1000 prisoners. In the same breathe he defended Information Secretary Salvador Panelo relative to a letter of the surviving spouse of Sanchez asking for clemency which Panelo referred to the Bureau of Pardons and Parol. The decisive action of the President on this controversial issues which generated national attention and public ire is indeed, commendable. After all, the buck ends at his doorstep as President of this country.
We likewise commend Senators Panfilo Lacson, Minority Floor Leader Frank Drilon and Committee Chairman Dick Gordon for their incisive questions during the committee hearing which caught Faeldon in his conflicting declarations as he testified at the Senate hearing. It was this testimony which was carried live on television which led the President to direct the resignation of Faeldon.
Meanwhile, reports are that the Senate is in the process of reviewing the provisions of the GCTA and other related laws on the grant of pardon and parol. The review is expected to streamline the provisions of these laws. At least this is one good aspect resulting to the controversial issues on the matter.
Greetings to Sonia Mendoza, the lovely spouse of our good friend Tato Mendoza, who celebrated her birthday anniversary last Monday September 2 with a luncheon-fellowship among her friends at a local resto-bar.
Greetings also to Gil Malanyaon and his family on the occasion of their town fiesta in Calabanga this coming Sunday September 8. Gil’s batch mates in AdeNU high school batch ‘54 have been invited for a fellowship-luncheon at their residence. Gil promised to roll-out the barrel of fine wine from his wine cellar.
Through this column I wish to express in my own behalf and that of my spouse Minda our most sincere and deep sympathy to the bereaved family of the late Monico “Monic” Aclan who crossed the Great Beyond after a lingering illness. He was interred at the St. Peter’s Memorial Garden after a 2:00pm funeral mass today. His bereaved spouse Lily Barrameda is a member of USI high school batch ‘55.
Condolence also to the bereaved family of the late retired RTC Judge Rolando A. Carandang who recently passed away. Judge Carandang was formerly a presiding judge of Pamplona, this province, until his appointment as RTC judge of Daet, Camarines Norte where he retired at the compulsory age of 70.
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:
“I RECOGNIZED THAT GOVERNMENT, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN RESPECT FOR LAW, MUST IN ITSELF BEAR THE UNASSAILABLE STAMP OF INTEGRETY.”
FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:
“A GENTLE ANSWER TURNS AWAY WRATH, BUT A HARSH WORD STIRS UP ANGER.”