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DOJ, DILG approve use of new GCTA law manual

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The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has begun using the revised uniform manual of the Expanded Good Time Allowance (GCTA) law, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

Guevarra said its use push through after being greenlighted by both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“The updated uniform GCTA manual has been approved by the DOJ and the DILG and is now being used by the BUCOR and the BJMP ,” he said.

The DOJ and DILG have been working on the revision of the uniform manual and the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the GCTA law since last year.

The revisions in the IRR and manual was prompted due to controversies that unqualified persons deprived of liberty (PDL) including those convicted of heinous crimes were benefiting from early release under the GCTA law.

This was uncovered after it was learned that rape-slay convict former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez was about to be released last year after trying to secure undeserved benefits from the law.

The DOJ and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has already signed the IRR in September last year.