Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is blaming former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for creating the confusion on implementing the Good Conduct and Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.
In a briefing, Panelo said de Lima, now a senator, and Roxas crafted and issued jointly the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) in 2014 or a year after the enactment of GCTA Lawfor use by the Bureau of Corrections as their bible determining which convicts deserve an early release.
“I understand, doon sa IRR, isinama nila iyong may heinous crimes puwede. Kaya iyon naman ang sinasabi ng mga nag-process (Bureau of Correction). Kaya nga nagkaroon ng gulo because of that IRR which was crafted by the previous administration,” said Panelo.
“Leila de Lima issued and crafted a reso—implementing rules and regulations together with the DILG Secretary Roxas, placing those convicted of heinous crimes as covered by Republic Act 10592. I think that started the whole thing,” he added.
He said this was the reason why President Rodrigo Duterte said this problem did not originate under his watch. “If they’re saying that why are you not removing those people who have been doing the wrong computations? The President’s answer is: ‘I cannot do that because they are covered by the Security of Tenure. They are—they were employees of the previous Administration and even prior to that. So, please don’t blame me. Tell that to Mrs. Chiong.”
He was referring to the mother of the Chiong sisters from Cebu who were murdered in 1997.
BuCor Chief Nic Faledon admitted to senators that at least three of the Chiong sisters convicts – Josman Aznar, Ariel Balansag, and Alberto Caño – have been released under the GCTA program.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin was so mad at the IRR authors, he had to curse them out.
“Sino ba ang putangina nag sulat ang hindot na batas ito while sickly
old men and women stay in jail?” asked Locsin on Twitter.
Sino ba ang
putangina nag sulat ang hindot na batas ito while sickly old men and
women stay in jail. https://t.co/seNmyLrEp5
Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) September