INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año yesterday echoed calls for prisoners serving convictions for heinous crimes who were released through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) to be sent back to jail.
“Para sa akin, ‘yung nakagawa ng heinous crime at mga drug lords, head ng drug syndicates, yung mga Chinese drug lords, dapat ibalik natin yan. . . nakikita natin na hindi maayos yung pagka-compute ng GCTA credits. Kung nagkamali tayo, dapat i-correct natin yung mali,” Año told reporters in a press briefing at the DILG building in Quezon City.
Close to 2,000 prisoners convicted of heinous crimes have reportedly gained freedom due to good conduct while serving their sentences.
According to Año, these “GCTA beneficiaries” should be recalled pending the review of some provisions of the GCTA under Republic Act 10592. At the same time, the DILG head said there is also a need to check who these freed inmates are, their respective offenses and if they are considered security risk.
“Kung ito ay serial killer talagang delikado din tayo dyan. . . the likes of Mayor Sanchez nakita naman natin yung ginawa nya, nirape tapos pinasa sa mga bodyguards nya tapos pinatay pa yung dalawa, .. talagang hindi puwedeng pakawalan mo yung mga ganyang klaseng tao,” he stressed.