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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra admitted the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) controversy almost ruined the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“During the past several weeks, the Department of Justice (DOJ) as an institution could have been damaged severely if not ruined because of what happened,” he said on Thursday (Sept. 26) on the occasion of the DOJ’s anniversary.

“However, because we continued to uphold the rule of law we continued to follow what is right, of what is just, because you, my co workers at the department, has rallied behind the leadership of the DOJ, the DOJ has survived this major institutional crisis,” he declared.

The controversy erupted after it was learned that rape-slay convict former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez was about to be released because of GCTA.

Because of this, corrupt practices at the BuCor started to surface which led the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate it and ordered the suspension of its officials.

Guevarra believes the problem comes from the autonomy being enjoyed by the BuCor from the DOJ.

“So that has been good for some of the attached agencies, but quite unfortunately for some yung pagkawala ng ating full control over them. Nagkaroon ng some negative effects,” he pointed out.

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