SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III confirmed that two more convicts released through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law are set to testify in the Senate about the amount they supposedly paid to authorities to secure their release.
“May dalawa na sumurender, sasabihin nila kung kanino sila naglagay, kaya lalaki na naman ito,” Sotto said.
“Itong dalawa, nagpasabi sa akin, through emissary, na magtatapat daw sila kung sino ang pinaglagyan nila,” Sotto added.
The Senate President said these two individuals, who already sought an audience with him, are different from the three who were supposed to testify in the Senate hearing but backed out at the last minute.
Sotto said he does not see the Blue Ribbon investigation into the GCTA controversy and alleged corruption in the Bureau of Corrections ending anytime soon.
“‘Yung sa Committee on Justice, ang irereport-out nun ay ‘yung sa bills increasing penalty on perjury saka having a separate penal institution for high profile inmates. After nun, siguro puwede na. Pero ‘yung sa Blue Ribbon, hindi ‘yun matitigil muna,” Sotto said.
The GCTA law, which was passed during the Aquino administration, became controversial after it was reported that among its beneficiaries would be convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez.
The furor over Sanchez’s possible release prompted the government to suspend the implementation of the law pending review.