NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office chief Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday said he has ordered a stepped-up hunt for 19 heinous crime convicts in Metro Manila who were erroneously freed under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
“The NCRPO tracker teams are now on the move to make sure these convicts are placed behind bars of New Bilibid Prison the soonest possible time. We would like to assure the public that we are doing everything we can to expedite their apprehension,” Eleazar said.
The official said that the 19 convicts failed to surrender on the prescribed deadline set by President Duterte.
“The best option is for them to surrender. We want to get them alive but if there is aggressive behavior on their part and they resist, we are obligated to defend ourselves,” Eleazar said.
The NCRPO chief gave a stern warning to those protecting the wanted persons deprived of liberty or PDLs they will be charged with harboring criminals.