Palace blames Aquino admin for release of heinous crime convicts through GCTA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 4, 2019   •   1040

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang blames the past administration for letting the release of heinous crime convicts by mere computation of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

This was in response to the appeal of Thelma Chiong to President Rodrigo Duterte not to release the convicts behind the rape and slay of her two daughters in 1997.

“That’s why the president says: ‘It’s not in my administration,’” Panelo said citing the President.

“If they are saying: ‘Why are you not removing those people who are doing the wrong computations?’ The president’s answer: ‘I cannot do that because they are the employees of the previous admin, and even prior to that. So please, don’t blame me, please tell that to Mrs. Chiong,’” he added.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, President Rodrigo Duterte has already ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review measures for the possible re-arrest of freed convicts who benefited from the GCTA law when they were not supposed to be out because of the heinous crimes they committed.

Panelo stressed, the President does not tolerate injustice for that matter.

The Palace spokesman said it has been a practice inside the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) under the previous administration of former President Benigno Aquino III to release convicts through the provision of the GCTA even if they have committed heinous crimes.

The number of beneficiaries of the GCTA increased further when the Supreme Court (SC) ruled for the retroactive computation of the GCTA. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

28 more areas placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has placed more areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 amid increasing COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a statement, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the following areas will be under Alert Level 3:



  • Benguet
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • La Union
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Pangasinan
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Isabela
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Quezon Province
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay



  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz
  • Antique
  • Cebu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Tacloban City



  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Butuan City
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Cotabato City

The alert level designation in the said areas will take effect from January 14 until January 31, the Palace said.

All other provinces and cities not mentioned shall remain under their current alert level classification, it added.

Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, and Laguna are under Alert Level 3 until January 15.

2022 national budget, patuloy pang binubusisi ni Pangulong Duterte — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   December 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Patuloy pang binubusisi ng Office of the President ang 2022 national budget kaya hindi natuloy ang nakatakda sanang ceremonial signing nito ngayong Martes.

Pagtitiyak ni acting Presidential Spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, agad pipirmahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang P5.024 trilyong panukalang pondo oras na matapos ang ginagawang review.

“We would want to assure and we assure the public that the budget will be signed. Pipirmahan po ni Pangulong Duterte ang budget for 2022 bago pa man sumapit ang December 31,” ani Nograles.

Aniya, kailangang mapirmahan ang pondo upang matiyak na hindi mag-ooperate ang pamahalaan sa ilalim ng re-enacted budget sa susunod na taon.

Oras na mapirmahan din ang national budget, sinabi ng Malakanyang na maaari nang magamit ang pondo para sa Odette recovery efforts sa Enero. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Malacañang condemns slay of Samar journalist

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday condemned the killing of veteran journalist Jesus “Jess” Malabanan.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the tragic murder of Jesus “Jess” Malabanan in Calbayog City,” acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a statement.

Nograles said the Presidential Task Force on Media Security is “now looking into the incident and exploring all angles, including the possibility that the killing was related to his work as a journalist.”

“We condole with the family, loved ones, and colleagues of Mr. Malabanan and assure them that the government will exert all efforts to ensure that those responsible are caught, charged, and convicted for this crime,” he added.

Malabanan was shot dead by motorcycle-riding assailants while he was inside his home in Tinambacan District in Calbayog City, Samar on Wednesday evening.

The Philippine National Police has formed a task group to expedite the conduct of investigation into the incident.

Nograles urged everyone with information “to come forward to authorities and cooperate with law enforcers in order to immediately bring Mr. Malabanan’s killers to justice.”


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