By NITZ ARANCON
REP. Rufus Rodriguez of the city’s 2nd District yesterday said the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law should be amended to make the process transparent.
Rodriguez, who co-authored the GCTA law, said this even as he lashed out at officials of the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) for erroneously implementing RA 10592 and for the secrecy over the release of convicted criminals.
“The law is very clear. It does not apply to those convicted for heinous crimes,” he said.
Rodriguez said Bucor officials abused the GCTA law that Congress passed in 2013.
He said he wants to add a provision in the GCTA law that would require the publication of GCTA applications in newspapers of general circulation.
“Ang gusto nato nga dunay transparency. Kinsa kadtong mga convicted nga mahatagan sa GCTA benefits, mao nang kinahanglan i-publish gyud ang ngalan sa mga aplikante sa GCTA,”he said.
Rodriguez said he also wants representatives from the private sector to become members of the panels that review GCTA applications.
“Dili kay ang mga membro sa panel of reviewers sa GCTA applications polos taga Bureau of Corrections. Kinahanglan na-ay ilang membro nga NGO representative aron masusi gyud pag-ayo kinsay angayan hatagan sa GCTA benefit,” he said.
The Department of Justice (DOJ), he said, should be involved in the process of approving GCTA applications.