DILG backs rearrest of heinous crime convicts

MANILA Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo AAo on Tuesday said heinous crime convicts who were released due to the contentious provisions on the grant of good conduct time allowance (GCTA) under Republic Act 10592 should be back in jail pending the review of the law.

Para sa akin, 'yung mga nakagawa ng heinous crime at mgadrug lords, head ng drug syndicates, 'yung mga Chinese (drug lords), dapat ibalik natin 'yan. Nakikita natin na hindi maayos 'yung pagka-compute ng GCTA credits. Kung nagkamali tayo, dapat i-correct natin 'yung mali (As for me, those who committed heinous crimes as well as drug lords, heads of drug syndicates, Chinese drug lords, they must go back to jail. We see that there is an error in the computation of GCTA credits. If we made a mistake, we should correct it), AAo told reporters in a press briefing in Camp Crame.

AAo shared the view of PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, that the inmates who were released through the GCTA will be considered fugitives once it was ruled that there were irregularities in its implementation.

Magkakaroon naman ng tracker teams 'yan. Ang paghahanap sa mga ito ay hindi katulad ng paghahanap sa (For sure, there will be tracker teams. Searching for them will not be like searching for) underground personalities. Most of these people are probably back in their homes now, he said.

In that case, you don't need a warrant (of arrest). It's because if you cancel that, they become fugitives, and fugitives are actually wanted people, he added.

On Monday, Albayalde said they are closely monitoring developments on this matter and will be guided accordingly by orders and issuances from higher authorities to ensure inter-agency coordination.

With this, Albayalde said he will designate a liaison officer with the Department of Justice and Bureau of Corrections.

Albayalde admitted that there are still no established protocols that require the BuCor to inform the PNP of the release of convicted prisoners under the GCTA Law.

The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) is under the Department of Justice (DOJ) while the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, which runs all district and city jails, is under the DILG.

Earlier reports said close to 2,000 inmates, including those who were convicted for heinous crimes and drug trafficking, were ordered released by the BuCor, through the GCTA, since 2013.

The DILG and DOJ already started a joint review on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) and the Uniform Policy and Guidelines on the computation of credits and allowances provided under Republic Act No. 10592.

Ang unang step lang muna namin, ma-review itong manual at saka itong (Our first step is to review the manual and the) IRR and then from there, we will recommend it to the higher authorities and submit it to the House and Senate and from there, malalaman natin kung ano susunod na aksyon (we will determine our next action), the Interior Secretary noted.

Yung 10 days naman for review lang (The 10 days is only for review). So it could be treated separately, matapos ang review pero pwede pa natin continue ang suspension kung hindi pa talaga tayo nakakakita ng concrete solution (After the review and we have not determined a concrete solution, we will continue the suspension), he added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency