Dead or alive

September 05, 2019
Bong Go

If freed convicts don’t surrender — Bong Go.

HEINOUS crimes convicts freed because of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law may be shot dead if they don’t heed President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to surrender within 15 days, Senator Bong Go warned yesterday.

In a statement, Go said the re-arrest of convicts released due to the GCTA Law will “correct the error” of prison authorities who allowed them to be freed.

“Sa ngayon, binibigyan sila ng oportunidad na mag-surrender. If ayaw nila mag-surrender, considered fugitive na sila at danger to the public so shoot to kill if they resist arrest,” he said.

Duterte said in a press conference Wednesday night that released convicts who do not surrender within 15 days will be considered fugitives.

The President said he will decide within three days if a P1-million bounty will be offered for the inmates freed due to the GCTA Law.

Otherwise known as Republic Act 10592, the GCTA Law allows prisoners to cut their jail sentence by racking up credits for showing good behavior.

Records of the Bureau of Corrections showed 1,914 convicts have been freed due to the GCTA Law since 2014.

“I fully support the President’s order for the immediate re-arrest of all recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees, and convicts involved in heinous crimes who were released because of the wrongful application of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) under Republic Act No. 10592,” Senator Go said.

The senator said he believes that their re-arrest is a crucial step to correct the error committed by prison authorities in releasing the convicts and will also protect the people from those who may still be considered potential threats to society.

Recognizing the immediate need to clarify the contentious issues in the penal law, Go filed the other day Senate Bill No. 1003 which seeks to amend the Revised Penal Code that had been previously modified by RA No. 10592.

“In order to remove any ambiguity, this bill specifically enumerates the heinous crimes.  Likewise, the bill provides that any release of prisoners on the basis of time allowances be subject to the review of DOJ and that the Bureau of Corrections be required to submit to Congress its report twice a year. The Bureau of Corrections will also be required to publish the list of all prisoners who are released on the basis of the grant of time allowances,” he added.