GCTA law changes eyed

September 13, 2019

A MEMBER of Lakas-CMD said the House of Representatives will include in its priority bills the possible amendments to the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

In a television interview, Rizal Rep. Fidel Nograles said there are several bills and resolutions filed in the House seeking to investigate how GCTA was implemented following reports that inmates convicted of heinous crimes were among those given liberty.

“We just need to amend the GCTA law to avoid absurdity, to avoid confusion and to provide standards as well for good conduct,” Nograles said.

The House Assistant Majority Leader said the source of the confusion is Article 29 versus Article 97 of the Revised Penal Code as amended by the GCTA law with regard to the scope of application.

“Because Article 29, which speaks of credit for preventive imprisonment, has certain exclusions which are not found in Article 97,” he added.

Excluded under Article 29 are habitual delinquents, escapees, persons charged with heinous crimes and recidivists.

“The conflicting part, these exclusions are not found in Art. 97 of the Revised Penal Code as amended by the GCTA because all that we can find in Art. 97 are persons who are entitled to credits for preventive imprisonment and persons convicted by final judgment and detained in penal institutions,” he stressed.

According to Nograles the lawmakers are now looking at reconciling the two articles that don’t match.