Roxas on GCTA : Blame the current administration not us

Roxas on GCTA : Blame the current administration not us

Former Department Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas slams the current administration over the controversial implementation of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

Roxas, who is now also in the spotlight after the Office of the Ombudsman requested him and the detained opposition senator Leila de Lima to explain the GCTA Implementing Rules and Regulations.

The 2016 presidential bet of the Liberal party lashed out on the current administration when he and de Lima is the one being pointed as the persons to blame in the GCTA scandal, he says the administration is the one that should be blamed for all the mess.

2016 presidential bet of the Liberal Party Mar Roxas
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The GCTA law, makes inmates eligible for early release depending on their behavior in detention, has been under public scrutiny after ex-mayor  and high profile convict Antonio Sanchez, a convicted rapist-killer, was nearly released under the said law.

As per reports around 2,000 heinous crime convicts have benefitted under the GCTA law since 2014. Former President Benigno Aquino signed it to be a law in 2013.

Roxas points all the blame to the current officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) saying they released convicts who should have not been freed.
"Sinong nagpakawala sa kanila (convicts)? Sinunod ba nila ang batas? Sinunod ba nila ang kanilang operations manual? Nasaan ang minutes ng proceedings na nag-apruba dito sa pagpakawala nitong mga kriminal na ito?" Roxas told ANC.

In the same interview,Roxas explained that the GCTA was for detainees who were not convicted, convicts are excluded from the law
"The (GCTA) provision in the implementing rules that's being referred to, refers to detainees. Ito yung mga napreso pero di pa convicted. They are being detained, while their trial is being heard. Eh yung dun naman sa BuCor mga convicted ito, ibang category yun," Roxas said.
"Under the law, hindi sila kasama sa programa," he added.
He reiterates that he should not be tagged for all the current mess the GCTA is in.
"Sino ba ang mga opisyal na nag-apruba sa release nitong mga kriminal na ito? Mga convicted criminal itong mga ito, ha? So nasa BuCor ito, hindi nasa DILG (Department of Interior of Local Government).

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