Malacañang blames Aquino administration for GCTA Law “mess”

  • Malacañang said they should not be blamed for the controversial GCTA Law
  • Under the law, inmates’ sentences may be reduced according to their good behavior
  • Spokesperson Salvador Panelo blamed the Aquino administration officials, De Lima and Roxas, for the “mess”

Malacañang distanced itself from the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law; saying that the mess it has caused should be blamed to the previous administration.

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Under the GCTA Law, the sentence of an inmate may be reduced according to his good behavior standing. The law was used to justify the release of the 3 suspects behind the case of the Chiong sisters. Mrs. Chiong blamed President Rodrigo Duterte for the release.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace felt they needed to explain the history of the law and said the Duterte administration has nothing to do with it.

Panelo reiterated that the law was signed by former President Benigno Aquino after it passed both Houses of Congress. He continued that what made the law “messy” was  due to former Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima and former DILG secretary Mar Roxas’ provisions on the law.

“Now I think what made it messy is that former Senator, former Secretary of Justice, now detained Leila de Lima issued and crafted a reso, implementing rules and regulations together with the DILG Secretary Roxas, placing those convicted of heinous crimes as covered by Republic Act 10592,” Panelo said.

He added, “I think that started the whole thing. That’s why the President says, ‘It’s not in my administration.’”

Panelo said there is really a need to re-evaluate the implementing rules and regulations of the GCTA law.

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He said they would just leave that responsibility to the lawmakers. “Now, kung after mabago ‘yan, you leave it to the wisdom of the lawmakers whether to amend it or to repeal it,” Panelo said

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