Recently, it has been reported that about 11,000 convicts are set to be released due to good conduct time allowance (GCTA) rule as stated in Republic Act No. 10592.
KAMI learned that the RA 10592 was signed by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on May 29, 2013.
What is Republic Act No. 10592?
According to Inquirer (author Tetch Torres-Tupas), the law amended some provisions of the Revised Penal Code.
As stated in Section 3 of RA 10592, those who are “qualified” for good conduct will be granted a deduction from their initial sentence.
Here is how the time allowance will be computed:
- During the first two years of imprisonment, he shall be allowed a deduction of twenty days for each month of good behavior during detention;
- During the third to the fifth year, inclusive, of his imprisonment, he shall be allowed a reduction of twenty-three days for each month of good behavior during detention;
- During the following years until the tenth year, inclusive, of his imprisonment, he shall be allowed a deduction of twenty-five days for each month of good behavior during detention;
- During the eleventh and successive years of his imprisonment, he shall be allowed a deduction of thirty days for each month of good behavior during detention; and
- At any time during the period of imprisonment, he shall be allowed another deduction of fifteen days, in addition to numbers one to four hereof, for each month of study, teaching or mentoring service time rendered.
Meanwhile, Section 5 mentioned that Director of the Bureau of Corrections, the Chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and/or the Warden of a provincial, district, municipal or city jail are given the power to grant the allowances for good conduct if the case was lawfully justified.
It was also noted that once the allowances are granted, it cannot be revoked.
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However, here are the exceptions to the law:
- When they are recidivists, or have been convicted previously twice or more times of any crime
- When upon being summoned for the execution of their sentence they have failed to surrender voluntarily
According to a report by UNTV News and Rescue, the Supreme Court decided to make the rule retroactive. Therefore, even those convicted before the law in the past could benefit from GCTA.
To know more about the law, you may check the link here.
It has been reported by KAMI earlier that former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez was a possible candidate set to be released because of good conduct time allowance. Sanchez was convicted in 1995 for the slaying of students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez in 1993.
It was also reported that 3 out of the 7 suspects convicted for the killing of Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong or the “Chiong sisters” could benefit from the law. However, the Bureau of Corrections has yet to confirm this.
As previously reported by KAMI, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said that he already had the copy of the releases. He also mentioned that 4 Chinese drug lords were already released from the custody of the Bureau of Immigration for possible deportation.
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