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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



05 September 2019 10:17:33 AM

The House Committee on Justice chaired by Rep. Vicente Veloso III (3rd District, Leyte) on Tuesday queried the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) about the implementation of Republic Act No. 10592 or the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law. House Members stressed throughout the hearing that the DOJ and the BuCor have violated RA 10592 for failing to exclude convicts of heinous crimes from receiving the benefits of the GCTA Law in its implementing rules and regulations. CCSupt. Melencio Faustino of the BuCor received overwhelming unfavorable response from the legislators when he admitted to the panel that their agency was remiss in complying with Department Order No. 953, which requires the approval of the Justice Secretary prior to the release of persons deprived of liberty sentenced to reclusion perpetua. The Committee will continue its deliberations on the matter, and may require the presence of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and BuCor Director General Nicanor Faeldon during the next hearing. /Caption by Molie Gonzales/ Photos by Pecto Camero/ News and Documentation Section-Press and Public Affairs Bureau/ House of Representatives of the Philippines