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Diokno and prison reforms C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S Jonathan De la Cruz 06/03/2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Diokno and prison reforms

Jonathan De la Cruz
It is good that Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Ernesto Diokno decided to relinquish his post before the critics poured all those misguided and unfair criticisms against him and the administration. Valuing his honor more than anything his highly coveted post could possibly offer (and there are lots if we are to believe the scuttlebutt) he decided to just say goodbye even as he was reportedly on the way to breaking up the syndicates which have made the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) and its satellite units their “base of operations” and institute much needed reforms system wide.

Actually, some BuCor old timers believe Diokno’s being brutally frank and, yes, being loyal to a fault, did him in. He could have very well escaped public wrath had he scalped his subordinates first which under the rules was well within bounds. He could have pointed his fingers at people. After all, as everybody knows, being BuCor chief he really had no direct day-to-day supervision over prison camps within system such as the NBP and the other units, i.e., the Iwahig, Davao, Leyte and Zamboanga colonies all of which are supervised by individual superintendents. Instead, he took his lumps, went on leave to avoid suspicion of influencing the Department of Justice (DoJ) investigation into the Leviste caper, and then, to prove he was not clinging to the job, tendered his resignation to spare President Aquino of unnecessary criticisms. With that, delicadeza in public service gained currency yet again. The resigned BuCor chief would rather suffer unjustified vilification than take advantage of his closeness and friendship with the President in order to cling on to power..... MORE

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