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Deadline looming: Joint committee set to conclude GCTA review

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A joint committee of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to conclude this Thursday (Sept. 12) its review of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) governing the early release of inmates who accumulated Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).

The committee was created upon the order of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano.

In their order, the committee which is headed by DOJ Undersecretary Deo Marco has been instructed to “submit its report and draft revised implementing rules and regulations, uniform policy guidelines” following the conduct of the review.

“In the meantime, and pending conclusion of the work of the Joint Committee, the processing and computation of the credits and allowances provided under RA No. 10592 are hereby temporarily suspended,” read the joint order.

Republic Act 10592 was passed in 2013 and amended parts of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) which raised the number of GCTA and decreased the prison terms of inmates.

The committee was created in the wake of controversies that rape-slay convict former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez and other persons convicted of heinous crimes were being released due to GCTAs.

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