Good conduct credits on review under new implementing rules - DOJ

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 19 2019 04:53 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2019 08:44 PM

MANILA - Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said Thursday the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) is in the process of recomputing good conduct credits on the basis of revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law granting expanded good conduct time allowance (GCTA). 

Perete could not give a timeline on how long the recomputation would take. 
“We cannot give you a deadline or schedule on how we go about it. But as early as about Monday, when revised IRR were approved, the Secretary has already asked BuCor to start the reevaluation/recomputation, at least those who have... surrendered,” said Perete, spokesperson of the Department of Justice. 

He said none of the prisoners who have surrendered have so far been released based on the recomputation because the revised IRR will only take effect 15 days after its publication on Thursday.

“The reevaluation process is ongoing but the releases, if any, would be done after the effectivity of the revised IRR,” he said.

The justice and interior departments on Monday issued new implementing rules for the GCTA, which has drawn controversy over the early release of some 2,000 heinous crime convicts. 

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered those released to surrender until Thursday, Sept. 19, or face warrantless arrest. 

Perete said the early release of prisoners would require another release order because the previous ones “ineffectual.”

“[T]he system now is place is that we give priority to those who have voluntarily surrendered, those who are sick and those who are old and so on,” he said.

“[T]hat will come in the natural course of events once we finish with the initial batch of 1,914,” he added.