By Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reminded the Bureau of Corrections to no longer include convicts of heinous crimes in the computation of those who should benefit from the expanded good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.
Guevarra made the reminder as the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10592 is set to take effect next week after 15 days since its publication in newspapers last September 19.
“With the new IRR in place we of course expect the BuCor to make the computation of GCTA proper,” he told reporters.
“Huwag ninyo na computin yung mga convicted of heinous crime dahil hindi sila kasama sa additional benefits (Don’t include convicts of heinous crimes in your computations because they are excluded to get the additional benefits),” he told the BuCor.
RA 10592 was passed in 2013 and amended provisions of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) which granted more GCTA to convicts which would allow their earlier release.
Due to ambiguities as to who should benefit from the law, the IRR of RA 10592 underwent review and resulted to the creation of a revised IRR which Guevarra and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año signed last September 16.
The revised IRR clearly stated that those excluded from RA 10592 are recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapists and those convicted of heinous crimes.
Guevarra earlier assured that the revised IRR only re-stated what is already there in RA 10592.