Sen. Bato defends Bureau of Corrections amidst GCTA controversy

Sen. Bato defends Bureau of Corrections amidst GCTA controversy

- Sen. Bato dela Rosa explained that the Bureau of Corrections should not be blamed for the GCTA mess

- He said that the law should be blamed and not the agency

- Dela Rosa also mentioned that Republic Act No. 10592

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Former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has defended the agency over the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

KAMI learned that Dela Rosa said that the law should be blamed for the release of prisoners convicted due to heinous crimes.

"Why pin the blame on us? We are just implementing the law. Hindi naman kami ang gumawa ng batas na 'yan...Ikaw ba, kapag umorder ka nang pagkain, hindi ka nasarapan sa pagkain, pagalitan mo 'yung waiter? Dapat ang pagalitan mo 'yung chef...We are the waiters," Dela Rosa said in an interview with ANC’s Headstart.

"Wala kaming ibang basis na sundin kung 'di sinasabi nila this is the implementing rules and regulation of RA 10592," he added.

Dela Rosa emphasized that the law itself is ambiguous.

"The law nga mismo is not clear, inaamin ng mga mambabatas na there is ambiguity in this law," he said.

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In a previous report by KAMI, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año revealed that some of the prisoners released through the GCTA have already left the Philippines and moved to a different country.

Under the Republic Act 10592 signed by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, it was stated that prisoners with good behavior could be qualified to be granted the good conduct time allowance that would lessen their initial sentence.

Born on January 21, 1962, Ronald Marapon dela Rosa served as the chief of Philippine National Police (PNP) from 2016 to 2018. He was appointed as the chief of BuCor before he was elected as a senator.

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