‘Dumpit may seek parole’

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Saturday, August 9, 2014


THE crime of homicide that SPO1 Adonis Dumpit had been convicted for does not bar the police officer from availing himself of parole, a former state prosecutor said.

“Even if Dumpit has served the minimum sentence, a petition may be filed with the Board which processes if Dumpit is qualified and sets the terms of the parole,” lawyer Gloria Lastimosa-Dalawampu, former provincial prosecutor, told Sun. Star Cebu.

If parole is granted to a convict, his sentence is suspended after serving the minimum indeterminate penalty prescribing the terms, Lastimosa pointed out.

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“The Board of Pardons and Parole grants parole, but it’s not automatic,” she said.

Dumpit was charged with murder for shooting and killing robbery suspect Ronron Go on Dec. 14, 2004.

Go allegedly robbed two jeepney passengers in the North Reclamation Area and, earlier that day, a 14-year-old girl.

Convicted

Last Aug.5, Judge Ester Veloso convicted Dumpit of homicide, not murder, after the prosecution failed to prove aggravating circumstances of treachery and abuse of superior strength.

Dumpit was sentenced to a jail term of six to nine years and was ordered to pay P50,000 as fine to the victim’s family.

Last May 29, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed Republic Act (RA) 10592, which amended articles of the Revised Penal Code, especially on the allowance for good conduct of prisoners.

Provisions

RA 10592 increased the deductions from the period of sentence of a prisoner who shows good behavior.

The law allows local jails to entitle a prisoner to the following deductions from the period of his sentence for good behavior:

• During the first two years of imprisonment, the prisoner shall be allowed a deduction of 20 days (up from five days) for each month of good behavior during detention.

• In the third to the 5th year, the prisoner shall be allowed a reduction of 23 days (up from eight days) for each month of good behavior during detention.

• During the following years until the 10th year, he shall be allowed a deduction of 25 days (up from 10 days) for each month of good behavior during detention.

• In the 11th and successive years of his imprisonment, the prisoner shall be allowed a deduction of 30 days (up from 15 days) for each month of good behavior during detention; and

• 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 rendered.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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