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Bakit kami pinupuntirya ninyo? Roxas says Ombudsman should probe officials who freed inmates

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Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is prepared to explain to the Office of the Ombudsman the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.

Roxas however pressed for the investigation of those who approved the early release of convicts instead of those whose crafted and issued the IRR of the GCTA law.

“Apparently iimbestigahan ng Ombudsman itong GCTA issue. Well and good, at masasagot ko kung ano man ang mga tanong nila,” he tweeted.

“May batas na pinasa, di ba? Ang nilalaman ng IRR ay nakakuwadro sa batas, hindi puwedeng humigit sa RA 10592. Bakit ang mga sumulat ng IRR ang pinupuntirya ninyo?” he added.

He said it was obvious that some wanted to divert attention and pin the blame on those who crafted the IRR.

“Hindi kaya ang dapat imbestigahan ay:
a. ang mga opisyal na nagapruba ng release ng mga kriminal na ito? b. ang miyembro ng komite na nag approve ng release kahit hindi sinunod ang sarili nilang operations manual?
c. ang mga taong nagbigay ng credits for “good conduct” – totoo nga bang good conduct ang mga ito o imbento lang?” he asked.

The Ombudsman has questioned why the IRR crafted by then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Roxas in 2014 did not include the same disqualifications listed in the Republic Act 10592 which allows for the early release of inmates based on good behavior. More than a thousand heinous crime convicts who were freed have been asked to surrender by President Duterte recently.

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