PH lawmaker blames Good Conduct Law's IRR for controversy on early release of convicts

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Posted at Sep 11 2019 04:16 PM

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A Philippine lawmaker has blamed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law on good conduct time allowance for the confusion involving the early release of convicts. 

Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, one of the authors of the law, said the IRR failed to reflect what was stated in the law, which excludes heinous crime convicts. He believes, the law was not interpreted correctly when the IRR was crafted. 

The Ombudsman has asked cabinet officials from the Aquino administration to explain the IRR of the law on good conduct time allowance.

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima were given three days to submit their explanations, particularly on the provisions concerning heinous crime convicts.

But for Roxas, the controversial law's IRR should not be blamed for the early release of prisoners from the state penitentiary.