Senators want to repeal the GCTA law signed by Pres. Aquino

Senators want to repeal the GCTA law signed by Pres. Aquino

The Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law signed by former President Benigno “Simeon” Aquino III is now being considered to be scrapped.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and Senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon have made their intentions known by filing a bill that would repeal the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.

The three senators filed Senate Bill 993 on Monday proposing to scrap the law that shaves off jail time of prisoners due to good behavior amid public outcry over the possible release of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez due to the law’s implementation.

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This has created public outrage and prompted this august body to look into the propriety of its application to the aforesaid prisoner, as well as the implementation of RA 10592 in general,” the senators said in their explanatory note.
The senators noted the absurd interpretation of the law and unharmonized provisions that have been subject to abuse by the persons allowed by law to grant time allowances.
The Senators argue that that there is “logical reason” to abandon the grant of GCTA if the magnitudes of its aftermath are prejudicial for many of the victims and their relatives who are seeking justice.

“The provision on GCTA has been in effect since the 1930s and it has not raised this kind of concern from the people and the government. Thus, it is an opportune time to go back to the old law where no question of proper implementation has been put forth to the government and prisoners are enjoying its benefits without a question of the propriety of its applicability on them,” they said.
“The law is always changing. It is usually reactive to what the society dictates and it constantly reflects changes that occur in our society because the law is simply never perfect,” they added.

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