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Senate to push for the repeal of GCTA law

Three members of the Senate are looking to repeal the Good Conduct Time Allowance under Republic Act 10592.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and fellow senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon filed Senate Bill 993, seeking to junk the provision allowing the lessening of jail time of prisoners amid good behavior.

The bill includes repealing articles 29, 94, 98 and 99 of the Revised Penal Code under RA 10592.

According to Sotto, Lacson and Gordon, though the intention of the law is good, it is in its implementation which may result to questionable release of heinous crime convicts under GCTA, is the problem.

During Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Justice and the Blue Ribbon Committee headed by Gordon, all senators agree that the law is prone to abuse and that its computation to lessen the sentence of some inmates, including that of convicted rape and murder, former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez, is questionable.

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