TWENTY-EIGHT convicted felons who were freed through Good Conduct Time Allowance surrendered in Bicol, Batangas and Quezon.
In Bicol, 21 freed inmates have yielded to different police stations in the region since last September 4, Police Regional Office 5 director Brig. Gen. Arnel Escobal told the Journal Group yesterday.
“We are appealing on other freed convicts now living in different parts of Bicol region to turn themselves over to the nearest police station before the deadline set for them to surrender by President Duterte is over or we will be tracking them down,” said Escobal, a lawyer-member of Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987.
Escobal said that of the surrendered convicts, six were convicted for murder, nine for rape, one for robbery with rape, one for parricide and one for robbery.
Seventeen of the 21 were turned over by the PRO5 to the Bureau of Corrections.
In Batangas, a heinous crime convict released for good conduct on Friday surrendered to the police in Tanauan City.
Tanauan City Police Station chief Lt. Col Jack Angog said Antonio Carandang was convicted for rape on October 23, 2015 and was released on January 17, 2017.
In Quezon province, six heinous crime prisoners who were also released from jail for good conduct voluntarily surrendered to the local police over the weekend.
Quezon police director Col. Audie Madrideo identifeed them as Joel Rivarez, 44, of Gen. Luna town; Florentino Valenzuela, Jr., 68, of Mauban; Victor Morada, 53, of Mauban; Regie Portelo, 45, of Gen. Nakar; Norberto Villasoto, 58, of Lopez; and Larry Soronio, 52, of Gen. Nakar town.
In his report to Calabarzon police director Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza, Madrideo said the six were convicted for rape, abduction with rape, and robbery with homicide.
The released prisoners’ decision to surrender was triggered by the police’s effort in persuading the families to heed the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to surrender.
As of yesterday, a total of 391 convicted felons who were freed through GCTA surrendered to the Philippine National Police, said PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde.
With Gemi Formaran and Jojo Magsombol