Roxas blames BuCor on GCTA mess: 'Sino ba ang nag-apruba ng release?'

Former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas / photo from POP News Philippines (ctto)

Former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas rebukes the Duterte administration officials for allegedly blaming him and other former lawmakers who authored the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

According to ABS CBN’s report, Roxas said the current officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) should be the ones to blame as they released convicts who should have not been freed.

"Sinong nagpakawala sa kanila (convicts)? Sinunod ba nila ang batas? Sinunod ba nila ang kanilang operations manual? Nasaan ang minutes ng proceedings na nag-apruba dito sa pagpakawala nitong mga kriminal na ito?" he said

Roxas clarified that GCTA law was for detainees who were not yet convicted.

"The (GCTA) provision in the implementing rules that's being referred to, refers to detainees. Ito yung mga napreso pero di pa convicted. They are being detained, while their trial is being heard. Eh yung dun naman sa BuCor mga convicted ito, ibang category yun," Roxas said.

"Under the law, hindi sila kasama sa programa," he added.

The former senator stressed that current officials should be investigated instead, particularly, those from BuCor who approved the release of heinous crime convicts.

"Sino ba ang mga opisyal na nag-apruba sa release nitong mga kriminal na ito? Mga convicted criminal itong mga ito, ha? So nasa BuCor ito, hindi nasa DILG (Department of Interior of Local Government).” Roxas said

Earlier, Malacanang already said that it was not blaming the former administration over the GCTA ”mess”.

"The President and this representation are not blaming the previous administration and Senator Leila de Lima, who was its Secretary of Justice, for the mess in the implementation of Republic Act No. 10592, particularly with respect to the provisions governing the good conduct time allowance for persons deprived of liberty (PDLs)," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Saturday.

The GCTA’s implementing rules and regulations was reportedly penned by then Justice Secretary De Lima and Roxas.

 Source: ABS CBN

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