Senator Dick Gordon ordered the National Bureau of Investigations to check the cellular phones which have been subpoenaed from two Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) personnel as part of a joint Senate committee hearing on the alleged sale of Good Conduct Time Allowances (GCTA) credits to inmates.
Gordon directed the NBI to retrieve the messages deleted and call logs from the mobile phones submitted by Sr. Insp. Maria Belinda “Mabel” Bansil and Sgt. Veronica “Boday” Buno of the BuCor to the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights and the Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon).
“We want the NBI to check if the phones were tampered.”
“We want the NBI to check if the phones were tampered, with messages and call logs deleted. Upon checking, we saw that one phone has only five messages while the other has two,” the veteran legislator said.
“That could be obstruction of justice.”
“Obvious sila dahil yung telepono binura lahat. Talagang nagtatago sila. Bakit ka naman magbubura kung wala kang tinatago? That shows that it is happening, na talagang nanghihingi sila ng pera tapos binura nila para walang makuhang ebidensya. That could be obstruction of justice,” the seasoned lawmaker added.
The senator was not convinced by Buno’s explanation that she has a habit of deleting messages from her phone since its capacity is not big enough to store a number of messages.
“Dalawa silang may habit? Dalawa silang partner? Imposible! Sabi ko nga sa kanila, magsabi na kayo ng totoo because your answers speak of the fact that you’re lying,” he said.