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Kay tagal hinintay: Guevarra welcomes petition challenging GCTA Law rules

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra admitted on Monday (Sept. 30) he has been eagerly waiting for the petition challenging the revised implementing rules and regulation (IRR) of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

Recently, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmates filed a petition before the SC which questioned the revised IRR of Republic Act 10592.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) crafted the revised IRR to address concerns that heinous crimes convicts might benefit from the law which increased the GCTAs granted to inmates and allowed theiir much earlier release.

“All I can say is that I’ve eagerly awaited the filing of this petition,” said Guevarra.

“Considering that some important provisions of RA 10592 have been interpreted differently by various groups, I have as much interest as anyone in knowing the correct legal interpretation,” he added.

He stressed “Only the Supreme Court has the final word on the issue.”

“And I hope that it will affirm mine,” the Secretary stated.

Meanwhile, he said the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) will be representing the DOJ and DILG which have been named by the petitioners as respondents.

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