BuCor submits to Senate list of heinous crime convicts freed under GCTA law

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2019 01:14 PM

MANILA - The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee its list of more than 2,000 heinous crime convicts released on account of good conduct since October 2013.

The list was filed on the request of the Senate panel investigating the early release of heinous crime convicts under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, which has drawn controversy.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered thousands of heinous crime convicts released under the GCTA law to surrender to authorities.

The Department of Justice has, meanwhile, placed all GCTA grantees on an immigration watchlist.

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A total of 2,160 prisoners convicted of heinous crime have been granted early release, according to the BuCor list, most of whom committed rape (939), followed by murder (874) and drug violations (261).

Under the previous administration, 445 convicts got out of prison early.

It was during the Aquino administration that the GCTA law was expanded to include detention time. A Supreme Court ruling this June, meanwhile, affirmed its retroactive effect.

Under President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, the bureau released a total of 1,714 prisoners convicted of heinous crimes:

  • Murder - 748
  • Rape - 745
  • Drugs - 156
  • Kidnapping - 32
  • Parricide - 23
  • Arson - 6
  • Bribery - 2
  • Others - 2
  • Total: 1,714

Implementation of the GCTA law had drawn controversy following reports that former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez, a rape-slay convict, might benefit from the early release grant. He remains in prison after his possible release prompted public outcry.

Among those known to have benefited from the GCTA grant were 3 convicts in the 1997 rape-slay of sisters Jacqueline and Marijoy Chiong in Cebu City.

Four Chinese drug convicts have also been released ahead of the end of their prison sentence over supposed good conduct.

The GCTA controversy has prompted a Senate investigation. The justice and interior departments earlier suspended processing prisoner applications for early release pending review of the system.

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, fired BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon Wednesday for disobeying orders related to the GCTA grant.

- Reports from Gillan Ropero and Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News