MANILA -- Nicanor Faeldon, the former chief of the Philippines' prison system, cannot be held liable for allegedly misinterpreting the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law, a legal expert said on Sunday.
Atty. Soledad Mawis, dean of the Lyceum of the Philippines University College of Law, said Faeldon can only be held accountable if it can be proven that he had no factual basis to allow the release of convicts for good conduct.
"As far as the convicts are concerned, the issue should be: Did they not at all or did they display good conduct? That is the issue. If there is no factual basis, of course, one can be held liable," Mawis said in an interview with ANC.
Mawis added that there's also no basis to suspend the implementation of the GCTA.
She said the government should instead review the law's conflicting provisions on inmates convicted of heinous crimes, and add extra measures, such as holding a hearing before an inmate is released.
Mawis also suggested limiting the decision-making power of the Bureau of Corrections.
She also disagreed with President Rodrigo Duterte's "shoot to kill order" on convicts released through GCTA.