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Ombudsman Martires: Convicts can be rearrested without warrant

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order

NO NEED FOR WARRANT. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says there is no need for a warrant of arrest to send back to jail heinous crime convicts previously released on the basis of good conduct time allowance. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ 'sanitizes' faulty GCTA arrest list ahead of manhunt

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:47 PM

'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

GCTA. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra testifies before the panel at the 6th meeting on the senate inquiry of the GCTA mess on September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor officer turns around, admits texting 'GCTA for sale' witness

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Senator Richard Gordon urges suspended Bureau of Corrections officer Veronica Buño to cooperate with the Senate probe into the GCTA for sale scheme

BUCOR OFFICIAL. Corrections officer Veronica Buno at the 6th Senate hearing on the GCTA mess on September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the GCTA law

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Even dead men listed in BuCor’s GCTA arrest list

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Metro Manila cops find two men already dead for years in the arrest list they received from the Bureau of Corrections

WRONG ENTRIES. The Bureau of Corrections lists men who have been dead and even convicts who were not released through the GCTA. File photo by  LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Canada's Trudeau admits to racist 'brownface' makeup

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:08 AM

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

BROWNFACE. In this file photo taken on August 26, 2019 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses media at a press conference in Biarritz, south-west France, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

PH gears for manhunt of over 900 heinous crime convicts

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:30 AM

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.

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Chiong murder convicts Uy, Aznar surrender in Bilibid

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:39 PM

Two other convicts in the infamous murder case – Alberto Caño and Ariel Balansag – have already surrendered

CHIONG MURDER. File photo of the Chiong family reacting to the life imprisonment sentence in 1999. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Robot

Guevarra: Faeldon 'quite likely' administratively liable for GCTA mess

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:45 PM

But Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra shies away from making the same statement on Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra shake handa with BuCor Director General Ni anor Fawldon upon their arrival inside the senate session hall before the start of the inquiry on the GCTA. September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roxas to Martires: 'Unquestionably unfounded' to say IRR strayed from GCTA law

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Ex-DILG secretary Mar Roxas reiterates that the IRR he had signed in 2014 'faithfully reflects' provisions of the GCTA law

DEFENDING THE IRR. Former DILG chief Mar Roxas responds to the letter of Ombudsman Samuel Martires concerning the GCTA law IRR. File photo by Rappler

GCTA author wants convicts in prison drug trade ineligible for early release

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:35 PM

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

FIGHTING PRISON DRUG TRADE. Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez is a principal author of the GCTA law. Screenshot by Rappler

DOJ's new IRR of GCTA Law 'open to serious legal challenge'

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:19 AM

'They are pandering to public opinion; do things the right way otherwise that is abuse,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

NEW IRR. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año sign the revised Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) for Republic Act 10592 on September 16, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte wants to speed up release of elderly, sick prisoners under GCTA law

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The President believes elderly or sick prisoners would not pose much of a threat if they are granted early freedom

DOJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II and NBP officals during the release thru pardon and commutation of sentence of inmates on March 7, 2017.

De Lima, Roxas signed IRR 'in good faith' – GCTA law author Rodriguez

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez believes the two former Cabinet officials should not be held liable for the GCTA mess

GCTA LAW AUTHOR. Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez is one of the principal authors of the GCTA law. Screenshot by Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is inside the revised 2019 IRR of the GCTA Law

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:04 PM

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

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

De Lima says she doesn't have to explain GCTA IRR

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'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'

SHARP REPLY. Senator Leila De Lima sends a sharp response to Ombudsman Samuel Martires over the latter's letter to explain why the original IRR of the GCTA Law did not exclude heinous crimes. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Only court can stop police rearrest of convicts released under GCTA- PNP official

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:44 PM

"We always take cue from the Department of Justice," says Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

BuCor to resume releasing qualified GCTA inmates

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:18 PM

But only prisoners who are not charged with heinous crimes and whose records are squeaky clean can be released now

(Left) Menardo Guevarra Secretary of Justice of Department of Justice (DOJ) and (Right) Eduardo Año Secretary of Department of The Interior and Local Government (DILG) sign the revise Implementing Rules and Regulation for Good Conduct and Time allowance at Department of Justice in Manila on 16 September 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Robredo urges senators to focus on corruption issues in GCTA probe

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'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

GCTA MESS. Vice President Leni Robredo says senators should maintain investigating the corruption in the implementation of the GCTA law. OVP photo

In new IRR, heinous crime convicts after 2013 cannot avail of any GCTA

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:57 PM

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.

(Left) Menardo Guevarra Secretary of Justice of Department of Justice (DOJ) and (Right) Eduardo Año Secretary of Department of The Interior and Local Government (DILG) sign the revise Implementing Rules and Regulation for Good Conduct and Time allowance at Department of Justice in Manila on 16 September 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] BuCor Senate hearings: Bakit pinalusot si Bato at Faeldon?

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The GCTA law is a complicated mess. BuCor is neck-high in corruption allegations. We can do without the politicking and vendetta, Senators.

Rappler Talk: Rufus Rodriguez on amending the GCTA law

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez discusses how to improve the GCTA law he had co-written

Over 500 GCTA-freed convicts back in jail

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:50 PM

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

BACK TO JAIL. GCTA-freed convicts return to prison at the order of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima hits Gordon insinuation that GCTA used to raise campaign funds

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says she takes 'serious offense' at Senator Richard Gordon's allegations without even substantiating it with evidence

SCAPEGOAT? Senator Leila de Lima hits Senator Richard Gordon for using her a scapegoat in the GCTA mess. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima: Gordon 'steered away' from Dela Rosa, Faeldon in GCTA hearing

Sep 12, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Senator Richard Gordon speculates that detained Senator Leila de Lima had a hand in the crafting of the 'confusing' IRR of the GCTA law

NO DELICADEZA? Senator Leila de Lima was put in hot waters as her colleagues in the Senate effectively pin the blame on her over the 'confusing' IRR of the GCTA. Photo from Senate PRIB

Senate detains 3 BuCor officials after 'lying' in GCTA probe

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(4th UPDATE) Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque are cited for contempt by Senators

Warrants needed to rearrest freed convicts – GCTA law author

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:16 PM

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

SECURITY PROVISIONS. Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez chairs the 46th hearing on the proposed Bangamoro Basic Law on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Photo by Rappler

'Palpak!' Ill-prepared BuCor list wrongly grants GCTA to Janet Napoles

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:42 PM

'Lalo lumalaki ang sunog, lalo nawawala ang tiwala ng tao sa gobyerno dahil balasubas pagkakagawa niyo,' Senator Richard Gordon castigates the Bureau of Corrections

GUILTY VERDICT. Janet Napoles emerges from the Sandigan bayan after after a guilty verdict was handed down on her plunder cases. File photo by Jire Carreon

BuCor’s GCTA arrest list ‘unchecked, rushed’

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'Yung list na 'yan, mabilisan pong pinagawa sa amin,' says suspended Bureau of Corrections documentations chief Ramoncito Roque

LIST LEGITIMATE? The documentations chief of the Bureau of Corrections admits the list of heinous crime convicts released through GCTA is not checked thoroughly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Convicted child rapist freed on GCTA surrenders in Davao City

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Davao Region police office says out of the 76 convicts freed on GCTA in their area, 3 have surrendered

Palicte surrendered at the Sasa Police Station at around 10:25 a.m. on September 6. Photo from Police Regional Office 11

IN NUMBERS: The freed 1,914 heinous crime convicts

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:02 PM

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.

Ombudsman’s GCTA probe covers ex-BuCor chiefs Faeldon, Dela Rosa

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:52 PM

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

PRISONS CHIEFS. Two former BuCor chiefs, now Senator Ronald dela Rosa (R) and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon (L) before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA oN September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says Faeldon headed to private sector

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The President has said he still believes in Nicanor Faeldon, despite many controversies he was embroiled in

NOT RESIGNING. The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roxas to Ombudsman: 'Why target us when we only followed GCTA law?'

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

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

'WHY TARGET US?' Ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas says the IRR on the GCTA that he had signed merely adhered to the provisions of the law. File photo by Rappler

Martires asks De Lima, Roxas why GCTA rules didn't exclude heinous crimes

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:36 PM

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

EXPLANATIONS. Ombudsman Samuel Martires asks explanations from former justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima and former interior secretary Mar Roxas why their IRR on the GCTA Law did not exclude heinous crimes. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends BuCor legal chief, 2 more execs in GCTA mess

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:07 PM

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

SUSPENDED. BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months without pay as the Ombudsman probes the GCTA anomaly. Photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

At least 15 foreigners jailed for heinous drug crimes freed through GCTA

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:00 AM

It’s not only the 4 ‘Chinese drug lords’ named by Senator Panfilo Lacson

MORE RELEASED. Foreigners further complicate the government's struggle to track down released convicts through the GCTA law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends BuCor officials accused in 'GCTA for sale'

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:35 PM

(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

Mr. Ramoncito Roque, left, and Corrections senior Inspector Roy Vivo take oath at the inquiry into the release of convicts thru GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP also rearrests prisoners not convicted of heinous crimes

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Freed prisoners convicted of carnapping and robbery – which are not heinous crimes – are arrested again

MORE ARRESTS COMING. The PNP also rearrests freed prisoners who did not commit heinous crimes. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2 more Chiong murder convicts to surrender – DOJ

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:23 AM

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

CHIONG MURDER. File photo of the Chiong family reacting to the life imprisonment sentence in 1999. Photo courtesy of Thoughtful Robot

The trouble with YOLO

Sep 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Time will always move regardless of what we do. But this tyranny of the present is cutting us off from the future we want.

2 Chiong murder convicts out on GCTA surrender to authorities

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The 3rd freed convict is expected to turn himself in next week, Justice Secretary Guevarra says

IN NUMBERS: Freed convicts rearrested amid GCTA mess

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:30 AM

(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

BACK TO JAIL. Former inmate Nicanor Naz with NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar during media briefing on his surrender at the Pasay City Police Headquarters on September 5, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte after firing Faeldon: I still believe in him

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

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

TRUST. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte says in a speech in Cebu that he still trusts fired ex-Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang photo

Dela Rosa classmate named BuCor OIC as gov't probes prison scandal

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:33 PM

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

BUCOR OIC. Deputy Director General Ramon Melvin Buenafe is the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau of Corrections amid GCTA anomalies. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Año: Even Bato dela Rosa should be probed in GCTA mess

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The DILG secretary says, all former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections should be investigated

EX-BUCOR CHIEFS. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa and sacked Nicanor Faeldon, along with other former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections, may face probes into their actions that led to the release of heinous crimes convicts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Legal issues hound Duterte order for 1,914 convicts to surrender

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:39 PM

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

SURRENDER. Freed convict Nicanor Naz surrenders to the Pasay City Police Headquarters after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the surrender of heinous crimes inmates freed under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Gusto kong maiyak sa galit': Faeldon says first time to hear GCTA for sale claim

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(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

SACKED. Two former BuCor chiefs now senator Ronald dela Rosa, right, and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon chat minutes before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Inmate's wife says she's victim of 'GCTA for sale'

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:53 AM

Bureau of Corrections officer Ramoncito Roque denies any involvement in the allegations. But Senator Richard Gordon says, ''Pag may usok, may sunog.'

EXTORTION? Miss Yolanda Camelon, wife of an inmate in NBP, gives her statement to the panel headed by Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of Blue Ribbon Committee at the senate hearing on GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Martires to PACC: Hands off GCTA probe

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:19 PM

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

GCTA PROBE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires insists sole jurisdiction in investigating Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officials over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez related to his good conduct time allowance (GCTA). Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler