'Why should society suffer?': Gordon wants released convicts thrown back in jail


Posted at Sep 02 2019 07:04 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2019 07:18 PM

MANILA - The government should order released heinous crime convicts to be returned to prison, Sen. Richard Gordon said Monday.

For Gordon, chairman of the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, society should not suffer due to shortcomings in the implementation of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

"We have to recover them. I think we should really recover all these guys. Because why should society suffer for the shortcomings of a law that was probably not really reviewed by the then Department of Justice, by those who authored it, and by those who are going to implement it," he told ANC.

Gordon also said questions about the law should have been endorsed to lawmakers before it was implemented.

"Dapat pinag-aralan muna nila lahat 'yan bago sila gumawa ng rule at kapag nakita nila that there is something wrong with the law, they should have gone back to the Congress and say we'd like you to have to amend it," he said.

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A total of 1,914 heinous crime convicts have walked free since 2014 under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, which recently came under fire following reports that it may benefit Antonio Sanchez, a former Laguna mayor found guilty in a 1990s rape and murder case that was among the most followed in the country. 

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has said the Supreme Court should decide whether or not said convicts should be returned to prison.

Embattled Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon earlier defended the implementation of a law that allows the early release of prisoners, including those convicted of heinous crimes. 

He also admitted the release of 3 persons convicted for the 1997 murder of the Chiong sisters in Cebu.