President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed a new law increasing the credit of prisoners, a Palace official said on Sunday.
Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the President signed Republic Act 10592, or “An Act Amending Articles 29, 94, 97, 98, and 99 of Act 3815, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the Revised Penal Code,” on May 29.
The news law states that an appeal by the accused shall not deprive him of entitlement to the allowances for good conduct.
It also includes the deduction of the period used for preventive imprisonment from the total period of imprisonment.
Under Article 29 of the RPC, an inmate is entitled to a deduction of 20 days for each month of good behavior. In the third to fifth year, he is entitled to a 23 days deduction for each month of good behavior, while a deduction of 25 days is available to those detained for six to 10 years.
In the 11th and successive years, a deduction of 30 days for each month of good behavior is allowed.
At any time during the period of imprisonment, he shall be allowed another deduction of 15 days for each month of study, teaching or mentoring service time rendered.