Press Release
September 4, 2019

Dispatch from Crame No. 586:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima's Statement on the Proposed Repeal of the GCTA Law


I humbly appeal to my colleagues in both Chambers of Congress to dredge, foremost, into our collective consciousness, the merits of the GCTA Law (both the original and amendatory provisions) as rooted in the restorative philosophy or principles that underlie our modern criminal justice and correctional systems.

Let not the legitimacy and the well-settled wisdom of the law be clouded or demolished by its misapplication, abuses in enforcement or wrongdoings on the part of the designated implementors of the law.

Let's improve the law and/or the IRR, if we must. But, please, let's not abrogate it. To junk this law is to retrogress from hard-won triumphs in the legal universe.

To paraphrase a line from a movie which tackles, in part, the fluid majesty of Law, "we ought not to be affected by the weather of the day," but should be by the "climate of the era." ###

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