WHISTLE-BLOWER Jail Inspector Angelina Lumba Bautista of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP made here complaint felt through the social media and by writing an open letter to President Benigno S. Aquino III. The said letter was posted yesterday at her fb account. Aside form this she also wrote a similar letter informing Sec. Mar Roxas of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
She said in part that she dared to write the said letter to the President to make known her cause that exposing the the corruption in government particularly at the BJMP in conconance with the P-Noy’s campaign against graft and corruption, “Matuwid Na Daan.”
“I’m one of the people and nakasubaybay nanindigan in your determination isakatuparan that a righteous way under your administration. Wherefore I am boldly that magsiwalat korupsyon of our agency submitted I set in the office of the Ombudsman When’s March 20, 2015,” she told the President.
She said that even if her life is at risk of exposing the alleged fund scam, still she’s asking the Pesident’s “little time to maiprisinta at all the evidence that nagsisiwalat and speaking of the katiwalian do our leader and other the senior officer in our agency.”
Earlier, Bautista bared in exclusive interview said that Rep. Enrique “Tet” Garcia, Jr., second district of Bataan province, has filed House Resolution No. 2134. “calling for an investigation, in aid of legislation, into the reported anomaly in the disbursements by the BJMP for subsistence allowances of inmates in various provincial jails which were already shouldered and paid for by the local government units concerned.”
Rep. Garcia cited as an example of BJMP’s taking over of the provincial jails Bataan province wherein the provincial government thereat and BJMP entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on August 18, 2010 for the latter to operate and manage provincial jails. Among the provinces that BJMP took over are Bohol, Iloilo, Albay, and Quezon, aside from Bataan.
The province of Bataan, Rep. Garcia said, “has since regularly appropriated and disbursed funds for the subsistence allowance of the inmates of the Bataan Provincial Jail without knowing that for the same period of time, the BJMP has been appropriating and releasing funds supposedly for exactly the same purpose but which never reached the inmates.”
With this situation, the province of Bataan spent some Php20 million every year for the prisoners’ subsistence, the solon said. The fund could have been spent for programs like scholarships and free health services “had it known that the BJMP has the budgetary allocation for it.”
Garcia’s resolution sees the need “to determine the extent of the anomaly and the damage inflicted as there may be other provinces which may have been similarly victimized by corrupt BJMP officials who apparently have taken advantage of the present situation over the provincial jails has yet to be delineated by law.” (rvo)