Surrendered cons hit 612 so far — DoJ

September 16, 2019

THE number of freed heinous crime convicts who have returned to jail has reached 612 Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete yesterday revealed.

Last Sunday, he announced that some 505 convicts have turned themselves in and are back in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections.

Perete was referring to convicts wrongfully released under the good conduct time allowance law.

The 612 convicts are part of the 1,914 heinous crime inmates who were granted early release under the GCTA law.

Their surrender came after President Rodrigo Duterte gave them 15 days on September 4, to turn themselves in to authorities.

The controversy over the GCTA started after it became public that former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez was slated for release from prison.

This was because of a new law increasing the GCTA of prisoners (Republic Act 10592), and a recent Supreme Court decision applying the law retroactively.

Only 3 days left

Malacañang made it clear the deadline given by President Duterte for freed heinous crime convicts to yield has not been moved.

The Palace reminded the convicts released under a law that reduces an inmate’s sentence due to good conduct to surrender on or before Thursday or face arrest.

With only three days to go before the September 19 deadline, only more than 600 convicts have surrendered out of the 1,914 heinous-crime convicts released through the good conduct time allowance law since 2014.