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Inmate bares alleged 'tanim kaso' modus of BuCor

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 12/7/2017 Parco, Bernadette
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A 76-year-old inmate accused the Inmates Documents Processing Division of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) of being involved in the alleged "tanim kaso" modus, in which inmates would find out that they still have pending cases even those were already dismissed.

A "24 Oras" report by Emil Sumangil on Wednesday said a certain Francisco "Don Paco" Santos was set to be released this December, however, he learned that he still has four pending cases, according to the Manila Regional Trial Court.

Santos was imprisoned in 1989 for illegal recruitment.

He already asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct an investigation on his supposed pending cases.

In his letter to the DOJ, he claimed that his two counts of estafa and illegal recruitment cases, which were filed in 1996, were already dismissed.

Santos also said his frustrated homicide case was filed against him in 1995 when he was already detained in the New Bilibid Prison.

He wrote a letter to Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo to seek the latter's assistance.

The report said Panelo had requested Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre to look into Santos' case.

Meanwhile, the BuCor division on document processing denied the accusation that they are involved in the supposed "tanim kaso" modus.

"Paninira na lang din sa amin at baka nagtatagal na sila rito, gusto man namin silang tulungan, ang gusto naman ng Bureau makalaya sila," said Ramoncito Roque, officer-in-charge.

Roque also pointed out that their office is undermanned, noting that they cannot easily focus on the status of the case of a certain inmate.

"Ratio namin is 1:1000 kaya 'yun nga, siguro konting pangunawa. Hindi man kami... hindi namin pwedeng gawin 'yan," Roque added.

Meanwhile, the DOJ has not yet issued a statement on the matter, the report said. — Anna Felicia Bajo/BAP, GMA News

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