1,914 heinous crimes prisoners given early freedom due to GCTA -BuCor

1,914 heinous crimes prisoners given early freedom due to GCTA -BuCor

The country was aghast when reports came in that convicted felon former Mayor Antonio Sanchez would be released based on good conduct base from the  good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law as provided by Republic Act No. 10592 was signed into law in 2013by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Little that we know based from the records of the Bureau of Corrections there were a total of 1,914 convicts for heinous crimes were among the 22,049 prisoners who were released from jail after their GCTAs were recomputed.

Of these numbers, majority were convicts for murder (797) and rape (758). Others were robbery with violence (274), violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (48), parricide (29), kidnapping with illegal detention (5) and destructive arson (3), according to BuCor legal division chief Frederic Anthony Santos.

New Bilibid prisons in Muntinlupa City
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A joint committee was created, which is composed of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) which is presently reviewing the implementing rules and regulations of RA 10592, which amends the Revised Penal Code articles on the application of GCTA, among others.

The processing and recomputation of GCTA (RA 10592) would be suspended during the 10-day review.

Among the issues to be resolved was whether those convicted of heinous crimes were eligible for GCTA.

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