By Jeffrey Damicog
Almost 700 convicts who were released due to good conduct time allowance (GCTA) have surrendered, said Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete on Tuesday.
“As of 8:20 a.m., 17 Sept 2019, 692 prematurely released PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) on account of RA (Republic Act)10592 have surrendered and are now in BuCor’s (Bureau of Corrections) custody,” Perete said.
The 692 are among the 1,914 convicts who were released since 2013 due to GCTA.
RA 10592 was passed in 2013 which revised provisions of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) on granting more GCTAs to inmates to allow their earlier release.
However, concerns were raised that many undeserving convicts may have benefited from the law and were released.
President Duterte ordered all 1,914 released inmates to return to prison within 15 days.
“You surrender and have yourself registered with the BuCor (Bureau of Corrections),” Duterte said.
“I will give you 15 days liberty, provided you make yourself available anytime that you will be called for an investigation to have a re-computation, or if there’s an investigation of corruption that you cooperate fully,” he added.
Duterte warned that if they refuse to do so, they will get arrested and “things can go wrong.”