Joint department committee formed to review GCTA

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A joint committee between the Department of Justice and Department of Interior and Local Government was created to review the Implementing Rules and Regulations, and Uniform Policy and Guidelines on the computation of credits and allowances as provided by Republic Act 10592.

Also under Joint Department Order 001, it was also directed the temporary suspension of processing and computation of credits and allowances for 10 working days.

The order was signed by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Interior and Local Govenrment Secretary Eduardo Año.

Under the order, a Justice undersecretary will be named chairman, while an undersecretary from the DILG will be designated as co-chairman.

Its members are:

1. Director General, Bureau of Corrections
2. Assistant Secretary, DOJ
3. Assistant Secretary, DILG
4. Director, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
5. The Executive Director, or one representative from the Board of Pardons and Parole
6. One representative from the Parole and Probation Administration
7. One representative from the Technical Staff, DOJ
8. One representative from the Pa
Planning and Management Service, DOJ.

Also, a secretariat/technical working group composed of appropriate number of personnel from the DOJ, DILG, BJMP, and BuCor, as maybe required, shall likewise shall likewise be constituted to assist the joint committee.

The joint committee was given 10 days to submit a report.

The issue on the good conduct time allowance started after former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez was supposed to be released from prison last week.

This was because of a new law increasing the GCTA 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 Demetrio 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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