Amid resurgence of drugs: Aguirre to directly supervise, manage BuCor

  • DOJ Secretary took charge of Bureau of Corrections after resignation of former chief
  • All BuCor employees were ordered to report to him for matters above the authority of BuCor OIC
  • Setup to remain in effect until further orders or until the appointment of new Director General

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice Secretary (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has assumed control over his department’s attached agency the Bureau of Corrections following the resignation of its former chief Benjamin Delos Santos.

In Department Order No. 505 dated July 26, 2017, Aguirre said he will “directly supervise the management and operations of the BuCor”.

“In the interest of the service, and in view of the indefinite leave of absence of BuCor Director General Benjamin De Los Santos, the undersigned, in his capacity as Secretary of Justice, vested by law with the powers granted under Republic Act No. 10575 or the “The Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013,” shall directly supervise the management and operations of the BuCor,” read the order.

BuCor officials and employees were also ordered to report to Aguirre matters beyond the authority of BuCor officer-in-charge Rey Raagas.

“Hence, the concerned officials and employees of the BuCor are directed to submit and bring to the undersigned all matters that are beyond the authority of the BuCor officer-in-charge,” Aguirre said.

The justice secretary added the setup remains in effect until further orders or until the appointment of a new Director General.

“This Order takes effect immediately and shall remain in force until further orders or until a new Director General has been appointed,” the order read.

Delos Santos went on indefinite leave following reports of the resurgence of the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP). The BuCor is responsible for running the national penitentiary.