SC spokesperson Theodore Te

OA naman! Ted Te cautions against suspending GCTA processing

Former Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te on Monday cautioned the government from suspending the processing of applications for good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

In his Twitter account @TedTe, Te lamented that suspending the processing for the availment of GCTA might affect the application of deserving prisoners who have exhibited good and exemplary behavior while under incarceration.

“Suspending the processing of GCTA for all inmates is an unwarranted over reaction. The issue of one person’s non-entitlement should not affect the entitlement of others who are not as controversial,” Te said in his tweet, which was liked and retweeted hundred times as of this writing.

Just recently, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disclosed that the Executive Department will ask the Supreme Court to allow the temporary suspension of the processing of applications for GCTA.

“We will surely inform the Supreme Court about the need to temporarily suspend the processing of GCTAs until the BuCor (Bureau of Corrections) guidelines have been carefully reviewed by a DOJ task force to be constituted for the purpose. We expect the processing to pick up greater speed once the guidelines have been reviewed and firmed up,” Guevarra said in a statement.

Guevarra pointed that this was to clear the air over the controversy brought by his recent pronouncement on the possibility that former Calauan, Laguna town mayor Antonio Sanchez, might be released from prison soon.

“We are reviewing the existing guidelines for GCTA and the BuCor will henceforth base its actions on any new guidelines that will come out,” Guevarra said in a statement.

Sanchez hogged the headlines once again after it was reported recently that he 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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