PNP: We'll get 'em if ordered

September 02, 2019
Oscar  Albayalde

PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday said he will direct his men to find and bring back to jail heinous crime convicts who were released by virtue of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) if ordered by higher authorities.

“The PNP is ready to field tracker teams to assist the Bureau of Corrections in accounting for national prisoners released through Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) if it will be necessary to recall these convicts,” he said in a press statement read before newsmen at Camp Crame.

According to the PNP chief, “these persons were convicted by the court to serve prison sentence for their crime. Should there be any nullification or invalidation of their early release from prison, these convicts will be treated as fugitives from justice, thus warrantless arrest is applicable”.

“We are closely monitoring developments on this matter and will be guided accordingly by orders and issuances from higher authorities.  To ensure inter-agency coordination, we will designate a liaison officer with the Department of Justice and BuCor,” he added.

Gen. Albayalde however pointed out BuCor is not required to inform the PNP of the release of convicted prisoners under the GCTA Law.

“We believe this is an important aspect of monitoring when the released convict is reintegrated into society and goes back to the community.  Admittedly, we are deeply concerned over the release of convicts especially those convicted of heinous crime such as rape, murder, and drug trafficking,” he said.