‘Peke talaga itong drug war nyo!' Trillanes slams Bato on the release of heinous crime convicts under GCTA

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Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV hits Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa for authorizing  the early release of around 120 heinous crime convicts under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law during his term as chief of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Hence, Trillanes said the anti-drug campaign of Duterte administration was all “fake” with the recent reports that some released heinous crimes convicts were drug related cases.

“Pagkatapos ‘yung suspected drug users na mahihirap pinagpapatay n’yo. Peke talaga itong drug war ninyo,” Trillanes said in his Facebook post.

In an earlier report, Sen. Dela Rosa admitted that he signed the release order of more or less 120 heinous crime convicts for good conduct during his tenure as BuCor chief.

Bato told over radio station DZMM, that he signed these applications for GCTA, in which shortens a convict’s prison time based on good conduct.

"Puro 'yun heinous crimes. Lahat yun, under heinous crimes," said the Senator, who headed the Bureau of Corrections from April 2018 to October 2018.

The lawmaker was also asked if he had tried to stop the release because of the gravity of the offenses committed by the convicts, "Ano magawa ko? Sinasabi ng batas na kailangan sila makalabas." Bato replied.

Republic Act 10592, which contains the provision on the GCTA was passed in 2013 under  President Noynoy Aquino’s term, for the purpose of giving a second chance to reformed convicts and decongesting prisons.

Since then, around 1,900 prisoners convicted of heinous crimes were granted early release under GCTA, according to previous reports.

BuCor’s data shows, most of those released, 797 convicts were murderers, 758 were rapists, 274 committed robberies with violence or intimidation, 48 were drug convicts, 29 committed parricides, 5 were convicted of kidnapping with illegal detention, and 3 committed destructive arson. 

Source: Politiko

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