USec. Jonathan Malaya
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) welcomes the petition filed by some inmates questioning the validity of the new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Act before the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The DILG together with the Department of Justice (DOJ) has worked hard to promulgate the new IRR in order to clarify the ambiguous provisions of the GCTA Act that have led to past abuse in its implementation.
The law gave the DOJ and the DILG the authority and the responsibility to craft the IRR. Part of the technical working group that crafted the IRR are officers of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) who have the necessary experience and technical expertise on this matter. The new IRR is one crucial step in the reform of the BuCor.
The revised IRR addresses the many inadequacies of the old IRR that were abused and taken advantage of by corrupt correctional officials. We will be working closely with our statutory counsel, the Office of the Solicitor General, and the DOJ in vigorously defending the new IRR before the Supreme Court. While we are confident of our legal position, the final arbiter will be the highest court of the land whose decision we shall honor and respect.