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Corrections or corruption?

Egay Uy .

THE latest brouhaha on the implementation of the good conduct time allowance law shows how a disorganized office could cause damage not only to the office itself but also to the lives of others.

From where I sit, the error may not have been that much had it not been for the suspected corruption that went with the implementation.

If reports were true, even detainees or persons deprived of liberty for having committed plunder are in the list of who are qualified to avail of the benefits of the GCTA law.  The case in point is the inclusion of the name of one Janet Lim Napoles who, the list shows, is charged with rape.

Unless there is another person by that name, Napoles was convicted by the Sandiganbayan for plunder and was sentenced to life in prison in relation to the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam plunder cases of Sen. Bong Revilla and former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile.

Surprise, surprise! And the reason advanced by the Bureau of Corrections is that the inclusion of Napoles in the list was a mistake. What do they take us for?

What does Bucor really stand for?

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Last Saturday, I attended a general assembly meeting of Communications Link and Emergency Assistance Network (Clean) which was attended by some pillars of the organization and some new recruits. The purpose of my presence there was to give the members of Clean an overview of the Regulatory Compliance Board (RCB).

It may be recalled that Clean was one of the more active volunteer groups helping the city’s traffic office man and manage traffic in the city during my stint in that office.  The other active organization then was the CRCD.

Clean and the RCB are looking forward to a formal collaborative agreement where Clean members-volunteers will assist the RCB in the conduct of inspection, monitoring, and regular and thematic operations.

As it is, RCB operations are being augmented by law enforcement agencies, e.g., the Cocpo through city police director Col. Henry Dampal and the National Bureau of Investigation through Atty. Chemene Nacua who represents NBI-10 director Pipo Bernales in the RCB board.

With the addition of Clean, we foresee a more sustained and effective conduct of regulating movie houses and other places of amusement in the city.

It is always best to involve the community even in governmental functions.

(Egay Uy is a lawyer. He chairs the City’s Regulatory and Complaint Board, co-chairs with the city mayor the City Price Coordinating Council, and chairs the city’s Joint Inspection Team.  He retired as a vice president of Cepalco.)

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