33 heinous crime convicts surrender after Duterte warning

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 06 2019 03:47 PM

A police commando guards a prison gate at the National Bilibid Prisons. ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA -- Thirty-three heinous crime convicts who were released on account of "good conduct" have surrendered as of Friday, in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's ultimatum, an official said.

The former convicts turned themselves in as the Senate uncovered growing evidence of alleged corruption in the Bureau of Corrections, including the grant of good conduct time allowance or GCTA.

Of the 33, 9 surrendered at the BuCor headquarters in Muntinlupa City, 20 in Cagayan province and 1 each in Pasay City and the provinces of Cebu, Laguna and Ifugao.

The Senate and the House investigated the grant of GCTA after it was reported that former Laguna town mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted of murder and rape, was applying for early release citing the 2013 expanded law.

Duterte on Wednesday gave some 2,000 heinous crime convicts who were freed under the GCTA 15 days to surrender.