JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday named Rey M. Raagas as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to replace Benjamin Delos Santos who resigned recently.
“Mr. Raagas is hereby authorized to perform functions in relation to the day-to-day operations of the Bureau, functions delegated to the Director General…and such other ministerial duties that are essential in order not to disrupt public service,” Aguirre said in Department Order 477.
Delos Santos submitted his irrevocable resignation last July 13 after Aguirre ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the resurgence of drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
“Having been prevailed upon not to go on leave, I have since seriously considered the controversy as a signal for me to return to my retirement life,” he said.
Delos Santos pointed out he did not leave the BuCor in disarray and boasted of leaving behind significant changes in the bureau.
“I am confident that the seeds of change have been amply spread in the rough and rugged road towards a reformed BuCor,” he said.