MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday directed the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to enforce the dismissal of three prison officials charged in connection with irregularities in the implementation of Republic Act 10592 or the Expanded Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.

“I fully agree with the decision of the OMB (Office of the Ombudsman). I was present during the Senate hearings and personally heard the testimony of the witnesses and observed the demeanor of the respondents,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters.

Guevarra said instructions have been sent by his office to the BuCor administration to implement the judgment, as directed by the Ombudsman, without prejudice to the resolution of any appeal by the respondents.

“May this decision of the OMB serve as a stern warning to all personnel of the BuCor who are minded to undermine the integrity of their own agency,” Guevarra added.

The Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of BuCor’s Inmate Documents and Processing Section officer-in-charge Ramoncito Roque, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Correctional Senior Inspector Maria Belinda “Mabel” Tudor Bansil, and NBP Custodial Officer Veronica “Boday” Bustamante Buño after they were found guilty of grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

They are also slapped with the accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits, cancellation of eligibility.

The anomalous implementation of the GCTA law led to the release of several persons deprived of liberty serving time for heinous crimes, which is not covered by the said law. (PNA)