Heinous crime convicts heed Duterte call to yield

September 08, 2019

JUSTICE Undersecretary Mark Perete yesterday disclosed that a total of 76 heinous crime convicts who were “wrongfully” released under the good conduct time allowance rule have already surrendered and are now under the custody of the Bureau of Corrections.

“As of 12 midnight (Sunday), a total of 76 surrenderers are (now) in the custody of BuCor. BuCor continues to receive reports from PNP Regional Offices of more surrenderees,” Perete said in a statement.

Citing Bureau of Immigration records, Perete likewise disclosed that none of the almost 2,000 convicts who were released under GCTA have left the country.

“Preliminary report from BI indicates none of the PDLs (Person Deprived of Liberty) prematurely released on account of GCTA and included in the list submitted by BuCor has left the country,” he said.

In PNP hands

At least 67convicts freed thru the Good Conduct Time Allowance as of yesterday have already surrendered to the Philippine National Police, beating President Duterte 15-day deadline for them to yield to authorities or be hunted, PNP chief General Oscar D. Albayalde said.

Of the 64, 28 are from Cagayan Valley who were ordered transported to the Bureau of Corrections for accounting and proper disposition on Saturday by Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Jose Mario M. Espino.

Espino said that the 28 include 17 from Cagayan, five from Isabela, four from Nueva Viscaya and two from Qurino province. The 28 turned themselves over to different police stations in the four provinces on Thursday and Friday.

Espino said that at 6 a.m. yesterday, the convicts were transported to the BuCor for accounting and proper disposition.

Apart from the 26 in Cagayan Valley, the others who have surrendered are the following: two to the National Capital Region Police Office; 1 each in Regions 3 and 4-A;  11 in Region 4-B; 5 in Region 5;  2 in Region 6; 7 in Region 7; 3 in Region 8; 1 in Region 10; 4 in Region 13 and 4 in Cordillera Administrative Region.

Of the 65, 19 were convicted for murder; 26 for rape; 3 for robbery with rape, 1 for murder and robbery, 1 for attempted rape with homicide, 4 for robbery with homicide, 3 for violation of the anti-drugs law; 1 for murder, homicide, double frustrated murder and grave threats; 1 for parricide, 2 for homicide, 1 for carnapping, 1 for robbery, 1 for rape with homicide,  and 1 for rape and arson.

With Alfred Dalizon