IHR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON ON GOOD CONDUCT TIME ALLOWANCE FOR PRISONERS
The Folly of Prospective Applications
The Institute of Human Rights (IHR) of the UP Law Center, held another roundtable discussion this June, on a timely subject. The topic was Section 4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Rep. Act 10592 amending certain sections of the Revised Penal Code. This section specifies the prospective application of the rule on good conduct and time allowance for prisoners, and this has raised concerns among advocates in the human rights community.
Professor Leo Battad, O-I-C of the IHR, presented the framework of the morning’s discussions in her opening remarks when she talked of the condition of prisons in the country and the need to decongest them. The discussants were Atty. Mark David Montes of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, UP Law Center’s Atty. Ricardo A. Sunga III, Law Reform Specialist at the IHR, Atty. Banuar Reuben Falcon of the Commission on Human Rights, and Ms Emerenciana Divina from the inmate Documentation Division of the Bureau of Corrections. Engaged in the morning’s exercise were representatives from other agencies such as the PNP, Task Force Detainees, Human Rights Resource Center, ACAY Missions.