September 21, 2019 – More ex-convicts freed under the good time conduct allowance (GCTA) law have yielded to authorities following the conclusion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 15-day ultimatum last Thursday.
Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said 130 more convicts have surrendered as of 10:00am on Saturday, bringing the total tally to 2,139.
Perete added that the data includes 236 inmates who are still under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and yet to be brought back to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) facilities.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Guillermo Eleazar, meanwhile said that tracker teams are still active in locating former inmates who have yet to turn themselves in.
“Una para sa monitoring dahil kung nagiikot tayo, at may makita tayo na mga nasa listahan natin, aarestuhin natin. Ngayon meanwhile, nagiikot rin tayo para makakuha tayo ng inpormasyon doon sa location nila kung wala sila dito,” said Eleazar.
“We stand by our, the directive of the Chief PNP, to monitor and to arrest itong mga considered na mga fugutive dahil nga sa naglapse na yung period ng grace period,” he added.
On Friday, Secretary to the Cabinet Karlo Nograles said the manhunt operations for unaccounted prisoners freed under thr GCTA law were temporarily stopped to give room for further validation. (Juno Buena/ AAD)