Supreme Court ready to accept GCTA law petitions


Posted at Sep 04 2019 02:18 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court is ready to accept petitions on the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, the top magistrate said Wednesday.

"As to what issues will be raised there, it will depend on whether that issue is premature or not justiciable. Assuming na justiciable na yan, we can surely accept," Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said.

"Hindi ako mangunguna kasi (I will not presume because) it depends on the crafting of the petition whether the SC can exercise its jurisdiction toward a particular matter."

The 2013 law was recently scrutinized at the Senate following the supposed release of rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez and early release of 1,914 heinous crime convicts despite their disqualification.

In June, the high court, in a decision penned by Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, unanimously voted to allow retroactive application of the law.

Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon on Monday said the agency only followed the practice of previous administrations in implementing the law.

--Report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News