The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday (August 23) washed its hands over the issue regarding the possible early release of rape-slay convict former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez due to his accumulated good conduct time allowance (GCTA).
SC Spokesman Brian Hosaka clarified that “the Supreme Court did not order the release of Mayor Sanchez in its recent decision…”
Last June, the high court issued a decision which struck down the 2014 implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592, the law thatincreased the GCTAs to qualified inmates.
The SC ruled that 10592 should be applied retrospectively and just prospectively since the Revised Penal Code (RPC) also requires the retroactive application of penal laws.
In making the ruling, Hosaka explained “the policy to increase the GCTA and other time allowances to qualified prisoners did not come from the Supreme Court, rather it stemmed from RA 10592 which was a law enacted and passed by Congress in 2013.”
“Finally, the implementation of RA 10592 is not within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court,” he stated.
“Like all laws, it is to be implemented and executed by the executive branch of government,” he added.