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The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order
'We have to weed them out so that they won't be included in that list on the so-called fugitives from justice,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
Senator Richard Gordon urges suspended Bureau of Corrections officer Veronica Buño to cooperate with the Senate probe into the GCTA for sale scheme
Metro Manila cops find two men already dead for years in the arrest list they received from the Bureau of Corrections
The black-and-white photograph published by Time Magazine shows Trudeau, then 29, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened at a gala party in 2001
Duterte is offering P1 million in exchange for the heads of heinous crime convicts 'dead or alive.' His men are quick to clarify that the President does not mean it literally.
Two other convicts in the infamous murder case – Alberto Caño and Ariel Balansag – have already surrendered
But Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra shies away from making the same statement on Senator Ronald dela Rosa
Ex-DILG secretary Mar Roxas reiterates that the IRR he had signed in 2014 'faithfully reflects' provisions of the GCTA law
Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez says his proposed amendment would help ensure heinous crime convicts would not benefit from the GCTA law, which he co-authored
'They are pandering to public opinion; do things the right way otherwise that is abuse,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia
The President believes elderly or sick prisoners would not pose much of a threat if they are granted early freedom
Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez believes the two former Cabinet officials should not be held liable for the GCTA mess
The new IRR says heinous crime convicts after the law became effective in 2013 shall not be entitled to any type of good conduct time allowance
'I could not comprehend how my personal view on the matter can shed light on the query,' Senator Leila de Lima tells Ombudsman Samuel Martires, noting that the IRR published when she was DOJ chief was an 'institutional output'
"We always take cue from the Department of Justice," says Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa
But only prisoners who are not charged with heinous crimes and whose records are squeaky clean can be released now
'Dapat ang tanong: Ano ba iyong dahilan kung bakit nagkaloko-loko iyong application ng GCTA? Is it because of the law o dahil ba ito sa implementation ng law?' says Vice President Leni Robredo
Those charged with heinous crimes and detained before 2013 can avail of the much lesser good conduct time allowance under the Revised Penal Code. Issues of equal protection and the ex-post facto law may come up.
The GCTA law is a complicated mess. BuCor is neck-high in corruption allegations. We can do without the politicking and vendetta, Senators.
Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez discusses how to improve the GCTA law he had co-written
The update comes 9 days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered prisoners released through the controversial GCTA law to surrender or be hunted down by cops
Senator Leila de Lima says she takes 'serious offense' at Senator Richard Gordon's allegations without even substantiating it with evidence
Senator Richard Gordon speculates that detained Senator Leila de Lima had a hand in the crafting of the 'confusing' IRR of the GCTA law
(4th UPDATE) Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque are cited for contempt by Senators
Cagayan de Oro congressman Rufus Rodriguez, one of the principal authors of the GCTA law, says the courts must issue warrants for the arrest of the convicts released
'Lalo lumalaki ang sunog, lalo nawawala ang tiwala ng tao sa gobyerno dahil balasubas pagkakagawa niyo,' Senator Richard Gordon castigates the Bureau of Corrections
'Yung list na 'yan, mabilisan pong pinagawa sa amin,' says suspended Bureau of Corrections documentations chief Ramoncito Roque
The Davao Region police office says out of the 76 convicts freed on GCTA in their area, 3 have surrendered
Rappler obtains and analyzes the list of 1,914 heinous crime convicts the Duterte government says were released because of the GCTA law. This is what we found.
Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate extracts the confirmation from the Office of the Ombudsman as it defended its proposed 2020 budget in the House plenary
The President has said he still believes in Nicanor Faeldon, despite many controversies he was embroiled in
Former DILG chief Mar Roxas says he is ready to answer all questions that will be asked by Ombudsman Samuel Martires regarding the GCTA law's IRR, which Roxas had signed
The Ombudsman's letter has a tenor of agreement that the GCTA law excludes heinous crime – a legal contention that can reach the Supreme Court
Legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months, as well as Technical Superintendent Maria Fe Marquez who signed the release order for the convicts in the Chiong sisters murder case
It’s not only the 4 ‘Chinese drug lords’ named by Senator Panfilo Lacson
(3rd UPDATE) The highest officials on the suspended list are Senior Superintendents Celso Bravo and Melencio Faustino, both heads of the Directorate for Security and Operations
Freed prisoners convicted of carnapping and robbery – which are not heinous crimes – are arrested again
It turns out James Anthony Uy was also released on good conduct time allowance, but the DOJ says he and Josman Aznar are expected to surrender
Time will always move regardless of what we do. But this tyranny of the present is cutting us off from the future we want.
The 3rd freed convict is expected to turn himself in next week, Justice Secretary Guevarra says
(3rd UPDATE) After the threat of police pursuit from President Rodrigo Duterte himself, released heinous crime convicts surrender to the Philippine National Police across the Philippines
Duterte calls ex-Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon a 'straight edge' and credits him for what he did as customs chief in the earlier part of his administration
Retired police general Ramon Buenafe of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986 is entrusted with overseeing BuCor in the middle of a big mess involving good conduct time allowances of convicts
The DILG secretary says, all former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections should be investigated
Justice Secretary Guevarra says convicts freed under the GCTA law can be considered evading sentence, but law professor Ted Te says the government must go to court to go after the convicts
(UPDATED) Dismissed Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon claims no knowledge of the alleged anomaly in the agency that he headed for almost a year
Bureau of Corrections officer Ramoncito Roque denies any involvement in the allegations. But Senator Richard Gordon says, ''Pag may usok, may sunog.'
PACC Commissioner Manny Luna wanted to exclude former Bureau of Corrections chief and now Senator Bato Dela Rosa from their probe, citing lack of authority to investigate a non-presidential appointee