Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez on Sunday denied that Romeo Jalosjos, former Zamboanga del Norte congressman, was already released from the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City. Gonzalez said he had ordered an investigation into the “leak” of Jalosjos’s reported release from the National Bilibid Prisons.
Radio dzBB reported that Gonzalez insisted that the release order or “discharge certification” supposedly issued by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) was only a draft and thus was “not official.” BuCor is an agency under Gonzalez’s department.
The DOJ chief was also quoted as saying that Jalosjos would not likely be released in time for Christmas, adding that he had stopped the processing of the former lawmaker’s papers until the review for his release is completed.
DzBB also said that Gonzalez ordered an investigation on how the supposed release order found its way to the media. He said the BuCor under director Ricardo Dapat might have to explain the matter.
Gonzales reportedly faulted former corrections director Vicente Vinarao for giving Jalosjos “too many merits” for an an early release.