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‘GCTA for sale’


A witness to the alleged “sale” of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) for convicts seeking early release surfaced at the Senate on Thursday night.

Yolanda Camelon, common-law wife of one of the inmates at the minimum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), sought the help of Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd as she talked about her experience before the blue ribbon committee, which Sen. Richard Gordon heads, investigating the early release of convicts, including those who committed heinous crimes.

Camelon testified that she shelled out P50,000 to speed up the release of her partner under the GCTA law or Republic Act 10592.

Camelon identified a certain Maj. Maribel Bansil alias “Mabel”, a correctional officer, who had urged her to produce the money so that her husband’s jail sentence could be reduced.
Camelon said Bansil told her in Filipino, however, that this would be “costly.”
Camelon said she was proof that there was GCTA “buying.”
But Sen. Panfilo Lacson corrected Camelon, saying that it is GCTA “for sale” because someone from the BuCor “volunteered” to expedite the release of her husband in exchange for money.
Camelon said Bansil told her to give the money personally to Staff Sgt. Ramoncito Roque, BuCor documentation chief.
Camelon, however, complained that the BuCor officials concerned reneged on their promise to release her husband in February.Camelon said that when March came, she was told that the release was moved to April and then in October.

Camelon alleged that Bansil and Roque gave her the run around when she demanded the return of the P50,000 she gave.
She said that Bansil even confronted her husband about her attempt to get her money back.”Sabi ni Mabel, ‘konting halaga hinahabol n’yo pa. Iyung iba, P300,000 ‘di na hinahabol (Mabel said that it was just a small amount that she was trying to get back. The others have given as much as P300,000 and they just let it go),'”Camelon said.

Roque admitted that he had received the money from Camelon but returned it to her, which the witness denied.

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