Wednesday, September 23, 2020

DOJ Welcomes SC Suit Challenging Revised GCTA IRR

DOJ Welcomes SC Suit Challenging Revised GCTA IRR


7 Commandments To Revitalize The Country Safely

Medical experts recommend strict health protocols for public transportation.

Alibaba Cloud Launches New Digital Ecosystem Strategy In The Philippines

This will help local businesses adapt further to the new normal!

EDC Donates PCR Machines To Enhance Negros Oriental’s COVID-19 Resiliency

Energy Development Corporation donates equipment worth P8.5-million to Negros Oriental.

CeMAP, PISI Express Full Support For Bayanihan To Recover As One Act

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines and Philippine Iron and Steel Institute announce full support to the recently signed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

Justice officials, welcomed Monday the petition challenging the validity of the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) of the Expanded Good Conduct Time Allowance law before the Supreme Court (SC) even as he conceded it will be up to the high court to decide the IRR’s fate.

“I cannot comment on the petition itself. It is the OSG (Office of the Solicitor General) who will represent the public respondents and submit the proper comment on their behalf. All I can say is that I’ve eagerly awaited the filing of this petition,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters.

“Considering that some important provisions of RA 10592 have been interpreted differently by various groups, I have as much interest as anyone in knowing the correct legal interpretation. Only the Supreme Court has the final word on the issue and I hope that it will affirm mine,” he added.

Justice spokesman Undersecretary Markk Perete for his part confirmed that the legal challenge was expected.

“We actually expected a petition coming from them. So I think the revised IRR that we prepared will withstand legal scrutiny so we are pretty confident that the petition will be heard by the court of course but we do believe that the revised IRR that we prepared is in consonance with the law.” he said.

Perete said criticism that the IRR engages in executive legislation is improper.

“We’ve addressed that in so many levels before. As I’ve said we’ve called a number of laws in order to come up with the interpretation that is most suited based on the provisions of RA 10592 and we’ve also relied on existing jurisprudence and that where our confidence is based against this particular challenge.”

Perete said there can be no violation of the constitutional equal protection clause in the IRR since “(H)einous crime convicts are in fact segregated by the Constitution itself,”

He added that the constitution itself “says that heinous crimes convict may be penalized by the death penalty so we do not think that the equal protection clause is a valid basis for impugning the basis of the IRR,”

A petition before the SC has been filed by lawyers representing inmates from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and asked the Supreme Court to stop the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to refrain from retroactively applying the exclusions introduced under Section 1 of the Expanded GCTA law and relations to provisions of the IRR.

The petitioners told the high court that said provisions are “disadvantageous to any prisoners.”

The Expanded GCTA law has increased the reward of time that are deducted off a person deprived of liberty (PDLs) prison term. The petitioners said “it becomes clear that the deprivation of application of greater GCTA and consequent prolongation of imprisonment of herein petitioners and those similarly situation constitute violation of their substantive rights.”

They said that the public outrage about the supposed “erroneous” application of GCTA led the DOJ and DILG to revise the IRR.

“Ultimately, herein petitioners and those who are similarly situated are the ones who are suffering and are continuing to suffer. Unless these issues befitting our country are clarified by judicial pronouncement of no less than the Supreme Court, they shall continue to suffer from it,” the petition read. (PNA)

Latest News

Find Your Happy Place In ‘Trolls World Tour’

Did you miss them? Check out the trailer for the "Trolls World Tour" here!

Proposed Healthcare Workers’ Salary Hike ‘Timely’

Workers’ groups commend the “timely” proposal of Secretary Bello to increase the salary of healthcare workers in the private sector.

Galvez Cites Unified Efforts Of NCR LGUs Vs. COVID-19

Galvez acknowledges the improvement of the COVID-19 response caused by the unified efforts of the LGUs.

Youths Champion Climate Change Resistance In Asia Pacific

Children and youth in Asia-Pacific call on their leaders to step up actions to tackle the climate crisis, including the strengthening of policies and plans to mitigate disaster risks and promote resilience.

PH Logs 1,635 New COVID-19 Cases; Recoveries At 230,643

Here is the COVID-19 update for September 22, 2020. Don't forget to wear your masks and shields!

BDO Wins At The Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards

BDO Unibank, Inc. receives the Bronze Award in the First Time Reporter category at the prestigious 5th Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, becoming the only awarded Philippine bank this year.

Butuan’s COVID-19 Local Transmission At 64%

DOH-13 said Barangay Libertad here still tops the most number of COVID-19 infections at 81 cases, followed by Ambago with 48, Villa Kanangga 46, Doongan 36, and Bayanihan with 31.

Andanar Not Worried About TV Frequencies For Distance Learning

“I am not worried na kukulangin ho tayo ng frequencies dahil napakadami hong gustong tumulong sa pribadong sector."

Teens Discuss How COVID-19 Worsens Child Abuse Cases Worldwide

The virtual forum is part of World Vision's global advocacy campaign called "It Takes A World" that aims to call on key government, organizations, and private sectors to take action on violence happening against children.