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DOJ: Revised rules of GCTA Law still in effect despite pending SC petition

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There is nothing to Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials from implementing the revised implementing rules and regulations of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, said Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete.

The DOJ spokesman pointed this out despite a petition filed by inmates of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) who questioned the revised IRR before the Supreme Court (SC).

“In the absence of a restraining order from our courts, we expect our corrections officials to implement RA 10592 and its revised IRR,” said Perete.

Republic Act 10592 had amended provisions of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) and increased the GCTAs of prisoners so they can be freed early.

Due to concerns that unqualified inmates might get freed, the DOJ and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) revised the IRR to indicate that recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and those convicted of heinous crimes are excluded from benefiting from the law.

The revised IRR took effect on Friday (Oct. 4) following 15 days since being published in newspapers on September 19.

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