Bersamin: Anyone not satisfied on DOJ’s position regarding GCTA may run to SC

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday said that anyone not convinced on the Justice Department’s position regarding the coverage and application of the good conduct time allowance rule may file a case before the Supreme Court.

“But if anyone is not satisfied, then they can come to us again. ‘Yan po ang proseso,” Bersamin said in a chance interview.

The SC ruled on the application of Republic Act No. 10592, the law on GCTA, but it did not touched the laws provisions.

“Now whether that will apply to convicts of heinous crimes, it’s not something that we can cover in that decision yet. It’s up to the Secretary of Justice to tell us kung ano ‘yung kanyang sinasakop,” Bersamin said.

The GCTA ruled recently hogged the headlines after it was reported that ex-Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez maybe out from prison soon.

This was because of a new law increasing good conduct time allowance of prisoners (Republic Act 10592), and a recent Supreme Court decision applying this law retroactively.

Sanchez was convicted for the 1993 rape and murder of University of the Philippines Los Baños students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez.

The verdict was handed down on March 11, 1995 by Judge Harriet Demetriou, who said that the rape and murder of Sarmenta and Gomez were “a plot seemingly hatched in hell.”

The SC upheld the Laguna regional trial court ruling in 1999 against Sanchez, who is currently serving his sentence of seven terms of reclusion perpetua at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

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