De Lima should be allowed to defend self over GCTA mess - Kiko Pangilinan

De Lima should be allowed to defend self over GCTA mess - Kiko Pangilinan

Liberal Party stalwart and party mate Senator Francis “ Kiko” Pangilinan just had his opinion known that detained senator Leila De Lima should be given the chance to defend herself in connection with the release of heinous crime convicts due to the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, the implementing rules and regulations of which were drafted during her stint as justice secretary.

Pangilinan says, the Senate “can take a position” whether or not to allow the detained senator  to participate in the legislative inquiry into the issue with the approval of the court.

"She should be allowed to defend herself," he said.

Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan
(photo credit to ABS=CBN)

The abrupted release of former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez allegedly for good conduct, put into spotlight the GCTA law calling for a thorough investigation of the law which was signed by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

The Office of the Ombudsman already requested De Lima and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to explain why the IRR did not specify the law's provision disqualifying recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and persons charged with heinous crimes from benefiting from the law. 

Pangilinan said there would have been no problem if authorities correctly interpreted the "spirit of the law." 
"Even assuming that there are gaps in the law, common sense, paano mo papakawalan iyung good conduct time allowance kay Mayor Sanchez e ni hindi pa nga sinusunod ang utos ng batas na magbayad ng danyos," he said. 
(How will you allow good conduct time allowance for Mayor Sanchez when he has not even obeyed the court's order to pay damages to the families of his victims.) 

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