Sen. Drilon Admits Signing GCTA Without Realizing the Implications of Expanding GCTA

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Veteran lawmaker and controversial Liberal Party stalwart Sen. Franklin Drilon admitted that he signed the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law in 2013. However, the senator explained that he didn’t realize the implications of expanding the coverage of GCTA.

In a weekly news forum at Annabel’s Restaurant in Quezon City, Sen. Drilon was quoted as saying “When Section 3 was included in the committee report in the Senate, the senators including me did not realize the effect of expanding the period of Good Conduct Time Allowance.”

The LP leader added further that “Originally, this law designed only for detention prisoners not finally convicted prisoners. It was the Senate, that included the finally convicted prisoners,” he said, referring to the Section 3 of the GCTA.

Republic Act No. 10592, is a 2013 law that amends a number of provisions of the Revised Penal Code on time allowances and credit for preventive imprisonment of inmates.

For the past few days, the GCTA Law became controversial after it was revealed and sensationalized by the mainstream media, that among its supposed beneficiaries was convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez.

Sen. Drilon also noted that “I admit, I was among those who voted but I did not realize the implications of such a more grant of time allowances for good conduct,” Drilon said.

Based upon the provisions of the controversial law, the GCTA allows the reduction of sentences of prisoners, depending on their “good conduct” or how they abide on rules inside “any penal institution, rehabilitation, or detention center or any other local jail.”

Source: PNA

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