Press Release
September 7, 2019

Dispatch from Crame No. 589:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima's statement on the assassination of Traya and BuCor syndicate


The question of how ex-Mayor Antonio Sanchez managed to have a spotless record all throughout his imprisonment inside Bilibid, per his carpeta, remains a mystery. I was told this was not answered by BuCor officials during the Senate hearings, least of all by sacked BuCor Director-General Nicanor Faeldon.

The assassination of BuCor official Ruperto Traya Jr., whose division is in charge of processing and computing the GCTA of inmates, at the start of the Faeldon-Sanchez scandal is too much of a coincidence.

Most probably, Traya was assassinated for his knowledge on the fabrication of inmates' records by his division. Most plausibly, he posed a danger to those responsible for tidying up the inmates' records, including that of Sanchez, as a potential whistleblower.

The Inmates' Documents Processing Division of the BuCor must be immediately investigated while the murder of Traya and Faeldon's attempt to release Sanchez are still fresh in the public's mind.

The question of who ordered Traya's killing and how this is connected to the "GCTA for Sale" syndicate at the BuCor must be convincingly and conclusively answered if we are to give justice to the victims of convicted criminals being prematurely or wrongfully released not because of a problem in the GCTA Law, but because of this most despicable kind of corruption at the BuCor.

The real problem in this whole scandal is the corruption of BuCor officials and the BuCor syndicate. Faeldon is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the BuCor syndicate must be exposed and all its members investigated and prosecuted immediately. ###

(Access the handwritten copy of Dispatch from Crame No. 589, here:

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