“Reduction of sentence”

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UMALOHOKAN

Under R.A. 10592, Criminal Liability is extinguished partially by (1) Conditional pardon; (2) By commutation of the sentence; and (3) For good conduct allowances which the culprit may earn which he is undergoing preventive imprisonment or serving his sentence.

For good conduct while he is serving his sentence, his imprisonment will be drastically reduced. And the power to reduce the sentence is given to the Director of the Bureau of Corrections, the Chief of Jail management and Penology and/ or the warden of a Provincial, district, municipal or city jail shall grant allowances for good conduct. This is prone to abuse and corruption. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. If absolute discretion is given to the jail warden, there will be abuse of discretion and will be prone to corruption.

This law has good intention but the legislators did not foresee the corruption that may result from it. Thousands of prisoners had been released by virtue of this law even those recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees, and persons charged with heinous crimes who are supposed to be “excluded from the coverage of this Act.”

The Law is clear under R.A. 10592, Section 1. “That recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and persons charged with heinous crimes are excluded from the coverage of this Act.” When the law is clear it should be enforced and there is NO room for interpretation.

Surprisingly, there is so much corruption in the very national penitentiary where prisoners are supposed to be undergoing rehabilitation.

Officials of the National Penitentiary at Bilibid, Munting Lupa should be in jail together with the prisoners.

All of them need rehabilitation.

President Duterte has dismissed Faeldon and ordered the prisoners released to surrender or re-arrested. I smell corruption and I smell a rat.