More freed cons yield

September 23, 2019

CONVICTS erroneously released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law continue to turn themselves in after September 19 deadline for them to yield had lapsed.

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said corrections officials continue to verify the prison records of persons deprived of liberty (PDLs). These have been sent to the Senate for its legislative inquiry into the irregularities in the corrections system.

“Members of the DOJ-BuCor Task Force are at the Senate today to check on the carpetas as part of the verification process. They will work there until we complete the process,” Perete said.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, a total of 2,221 individuals have surrendered — 1,985 were already at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) while 236 are still in the custody of the Philippine National Police, Perete said.