“I have directed the interim DOJoversight committee to closely monitor reforms being initiated by the new BuCorleadership and ensure that such reforms are being implemented within the boundsof the law and with due consideration for the well-being of inmates in ourpenitentiaries,” he said. “Supervision includes callingattention to actions which are improper, unlawful, or way out of bounds. Italso includes instituting disciplinary action whenever warranted.” MANILA – Justice Secretary MenardoGuevarra has ordered the agency’s oversight committee to “closely monitor” thereforms under new Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag. A Senate probe on the GCTA also revealed that even under President Rodrigo Duterte, who is tough on the illegal drug trade, drug lords continued to operate from behind bars. (With GMA News/PN) The bureau came under fire following itsalleged questionable implementation of the good conduct time allowance law(GCTA), allowing heinous crime convicts to be granted early release. Guevarra made the remark amid reports that the demolition of illegal structures in the national penitentiary made the harsh living conditions even harder, with some inmates claiming they were forced to sleep outside. BuCor and the Philippine National Policelast week began the demolition in a bid to stop preferential treatment andalleged illegal business dealings in the country’s main penitentiary.