INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that the DILG and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have already clarified all the ambiguous provisions of the much talked-about Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
The two departments yesterday signed and issued the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of RA 10592 or the GCTA which aims for a fairer and more just implementation of the law.
“We want to implement it consistent with the intent and spirit of the law. Thus, we have clarified all ambiguous provisions that we think led to past abuse in its implementation,” the DILG chief said.
The major feature of the revised IRR is that it now clearly provides that persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who are charged with or convicted of heinous crimes, recidivists, habitual delinquents, and escapees are disqualified from earning any of the time allowances provided for under RA 10592.
These include credits for preventive imprisonment (CPI), time allowance for study, teaching and mentoring (TASTM) along with special time allowance for loyalty (STAL).
More than 2,000 convicts were able to get their release papers for alleged good behavior while serving their respective sentences.
They were however ordered to return to detention following a controversy over former Calauan mayor convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez who was supposed to be released as a GCTA beneficiary.
After the deadline which is tomorrow, those who fail to be accounted for would be considered fugitives.
“The new IRR also firmed up and expanded the definition of ‘Good Conduct’ by not limiting it to conspicuous and satisfactory good behavior but also defining it as ‘non-commission of any crime or offense during the period of imprisonment,’” Ano said.
He said that the new definition immediately disqualifies those who commit crimes and other infractions while inside the prison from the coverage of the GCTA law.
Another new feature of the IRR is the list of PDLs qualified for release based on presumptive entitlement to time credits and allowances shall be posted in three conspicuous places within the prison or jail facility as well as posted in their respective websites before they are released.