Malacañang blames the past administration for letting the release of heinous crime convicts by mere computation of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA).
This was in response to the appeal of Thelma Chiong to President Rodrigo Duterte not to release the convicts behind the rape and slay of her two daughters in 1997.
“That’s why the president says: ‘It’s not in my administration,’” Panelo said citing the President.
“If they are saying: ‘Why are you not removing those people who are doing the wrong computations?’ The president’s answer: ‘I cannot do that because they are the employees of the previous admin, and even prior to that. So please, don’t blame me, please tell that to Mrs. Chiong,’” he added.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, President Rodrigo Duterte has already ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review measures for the possible re-arrest of freed convicts who benefited from the GCTA law when they were not supposed to be out because of the heinous crimes they committed.
Panelo stressed, the President does not tolerate injustice for that matter.
The Palace spokesman said it has been a practice inside the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) under the previous administration of former President Benigno Aquino III to release convicts through the provision of the GCTA even if they have committed heinous crimes.
The number of beneficiaries of the GCTA increased further when the Supreme Court (SC) ruled for the retroactive computation of the GCTA. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)