Año: Con­victs of heinous crimes should be back in jail

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IN­TE­RIOR and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Año said on Tues­day, Septem­ber 3, that per­sons con­victed of heinous crimes, in­clud­ing vi­o­la­tion of the Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act, who were re­leased based on the con­tro­ver­sial good con­duct time al­lowance (GCTA) should be thrown back in jail pend­ing the re­view of the law.

“Para sa akin, ‘yung mga nak­a­gawa ng heinous crime at mga drug lords, head ng drug syn­di­cates, ‘yung mga Chi­nese (drug lords), da­pat iba­lik natin ‘yan. Nakikita natin na hindi maayos ‘yung pagka-com­pute ng GCTA cred­its. Kung nagka­mali tayo, da­pat icor­rect natin ‘yung mali,” he said in a press con­fer­ence.

“We have to check kung sino itong mga con­victs of heinous crimes na ito. Kung ito ay se­ri­ous killer ay ta­la­gang de­likado tayo diyan,” he said.

Heinous crimes, un­der Re­pub­lic Act 7659, re­fer to “griev­ous, odi­ous and hate­ful of­fenses and which, by rea­son of their in­her­ent or man­i­fest wicked­ness, vi­cious­ness, atroc­ity and per­ver­sity are re­pug­nant and out­ra­geous to the com­mon stan­dards and norms of de­cency and moral­ity in a just, civ­i­lized and or­dered so­ci­ety.” These in­clude rape, drugs, mur­der, bribery, par­ri­cide, kid­nap­ping and ar­son.

Ear­lier, the DILG to­gether with the Depart­ment of Jus­tice or­dered the sus­pen­sion of the GCTA for 10 days pend­ing the re­view on the Im­ple­ment­ing Rules and Reg­u­la­tion and the Uni­form Pol­icy and Guidelines on the com­pu­ta­tion of cred­its and al­lowances pro­vided un­der Re­pub­lic Act No. 10592.

The two de­part­ments cre­ated a joint com­mit­tee led by DOJ and DILG un­der­sec­re­taries that is con­duct­ing the re­view.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the GCTA sparked out­rage fol­low­ing re­ports on the im­pend­ing re­lease of for­mer Calauan, La­guna mayor An­to­nio Sanchez, who was con­victed of the rape and mur­der of Univer­sity of the Philip­pines stu­dent Eileen Sar­menta and the killing of her friend Al­lan Gomez in 1993.

The Se­nate com­mit­tee on jus­tice and hu­man rights has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the mat­ter.

Año shared the view of Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde that the in­mates who were re­leased through the GCTA will be con­sid­ered fugi­tives once ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties are es­tab­lished in its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“Magkaka­roon na­man ng tracker teams ‘yan. Ang pagha­hanap sa mga ito ay hindi kat­u­lad ng pagha­hanap sa un­der­ground per­son­al­i­ties. Most of these peo­ple are prob­a­bly back on their homes now,” he said.

“Ka­pag ganyan, hindi na kailan­gan ng war­rant ‘yan, kasi ka­pag ki-nan­cel mo ‘yan they be­come fugi­tives, and fugi­tives are ac­tu­ally wanted peo­ple and ‘yung stand­ing war­rant niyan ay tu­loy-tu­loy,” he added.

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