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DOJ eyes end of CTA review by Sept. 12

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Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete has assured that the review of the rules on the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) of inmates will be finished by September 12.

“The Joint Committee has until 12 September 2019 within which to submit their recommendations to the Secretary of Justice and the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government,” he said.

Meanwhile, Perete said that committee which is chaired by Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco has started its review on Friday (August 30).

“They discussed and outlined the general issues which they need to tackle in the next nine days,” he noted.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano on Thursday (August 29) created the joint committee to conduct a review of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592 which increased the GCTAs of inmates to allow their early release.

Guevvar and Ano issued Joint Department Order No. 001 which was prompted in the wake of the controversy over the possible early release of former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez.

“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.

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