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Duterte: There’s no word of a heinous crime or plunder in GCTA law

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte claims that heinous crimes are not included in the enumeration of those eligible to benefit from the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.

“Ang totoo talaga niyan ‘yang heinous crime, pati one other — wala sa enumeration. Recidivist, pati a guy who would go in and out repeatedly. Well, actually it’s under the broad term recidivist. Kaya ‘yang nasasabit diyan ngayon because there is a variance in the law,” said Duterte in a speech Tuesday.

“Eh doon sa batas, it is even in the opening statement number 1 already meron ng malagay doon na recidivist. But there’s no word of a heinous crime or plunder. Wala,” he added.

Malacañang earlier welcomed the the signing of the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law that reduces prison terms based on good behavior.

The new IRR now excludes convicts of heinous crimes from any type of good conduct time allowance.

“We exhort the officials of the BuCor to study the new IRR and transmit the correct and up-to-date information to their staff for their proper guidance,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

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