Freed convict shot

September 12, 2019

A MAN convicted for murder and frustrated murder but was freed in 2018  through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law on Wednesday was shot and seriously wounded in Dalaguete, Cebu.

Manuel Mercado Amaya Jr., a 56-year-old resident of Bgy. Mantalongon in Dalaguete town, suffered gunshot wounds and was initially taken to the Dr. Ildefonso Alcantara Memorial Hospital for treatment before being transferred to the Cebu City Hospital.

The victim was resting outside his house when shot by an unidentified gunman at 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

The local police are looking into personal grudge as the motive for the gun attack.

Amaya was released from the Sablayan Penal Colony in Occidental Mindoro in December 2018 after serving his long sentence following his conviction for murder and frustrated murder, said Police Regional Office 7 director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas.

Amaya became the 1st convicted freed though GCTA who became victim of a physical attack since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered them to surrender.


Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde said that as of yesterday morning, a total of 281 convicts who were released through GCTA by the Bureau of Corrections have already surrendered to the police, 47 of them already turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Albayalde said that the 281 include 93  men who were convicted for murder and 93  for rape. The others were convicted for murder and robbery, murder and frustrated murder, attempted rape with robbery with homicide, dangerous drugs, parricide, homicide,  carnapping, robbery, rape with homicide, rape and arson, kidnapping with murder, frustrated homicide and kidnapping.

Albayalde said they will move to account for over 20,000 convicts freed on good conduct by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology once ordered by higher authorities.