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Not following instructions: SC junks Antonio Sanchez’s bid to scrap GCTA Law’s new IRR

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For failing to follow existing rules, the Supreme Court (SC) junked the petition of former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez and fellow New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmates which sought to nullify the revised implementing rules and regulations of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.

In its resolution, the SC told petitioners that they violated the 1997 Rules on Civil Procedure.

The violations are their failure to pay docket and other fees; lack of proof of service of the petition on the adverse parties; insufficiency of the petition in form since it appears it has not been notarized and the petitioners lacked competent evidence of identity; and defective or insufficient certification against forum shopping.

The SC stressed that under the rules “only petitions which are accompanied by or which strictly comply with the requirements specified therein shall be entertained.”

The petitioners challenged several provisions of the IRR including the exclusion of recidivists,, habitual delinquents, escapees and heinous crimes convicts from its benefits of early release from prison.

In their petition, their lawyers explained “it becomes clear that the deprivation of application of the greater GCTA and consequent prolongation of imprisonment of herein petitioners and those similarly situated constitute violation of their substantive rights.”

“Absent any showing that they are not eligible for GCTA, they have to be made beneficiaries of the same, regardless of the nature of the crime they were convicted of,” read the petition.

“They must be accordingly released by the DOJ (Department of Justice) and BUCOR (Bureau of Corrections) regardless of whether the same will cause public outrage,” it added.

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