Pangilinan backs BuCor, Bilibid overhaul

May 28, 2011

ABS-CBNNews.com
May 28, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is supporting Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s proposal to “overhaul the systems in place” at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

The de Lima laid out the proposal following the controversy caused by former Batangas Governor Jose Antonio Leviste, who had managed to slip in and out of his prison cell.
 
“Clearly there is something terribly wrong with the existing set up and the reassignment or removal of a few personnel will not solve the problem,” Pangilinan said in a press statement.

“This is not the time to employ ‘band-aid’ methods when what is clearly called for is sweeping ‘top-to-bottom’ reforms,” said Pangilinan, who was formerly chairperson of the Senate committee on justice.

“No stone should be left unturned until a no-nonsense cleansing of the penal system is effected,” he added.

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