Rape convict released through GCTA law surrenders to Davao cops

Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 06 2019 05:38 PM

DAVAO CITY - A rape convict released early through good conduct credits on Friday surrendered to authorities amid President Rodrigo Duterte's order for heinous crime prisoners freed under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law to turn themselves in.

The man was behind bars at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm from 1989 after he was charged with rape and was released April 16, 2019.

He was supposed to serve 40 years pursuant to Article 70 of the Revised Penal Code but was granted parole under the GCTA.

Davao City Police Spokesperson Police Capt. Nolan Tagsip said the convict surrendered in good faith as he wants to follow the president's directives.

"Upon proper checking of his document, he was able to present his release order. We accompanied him to the Public Attorney's Office so he can execute an affidavit of voluntary surrender. And then after that, he is now in the custody of IDMB (Investigation and Detective Management Branch) office," he said.

The rape convict is currently under the custody of authorities pending a response from the Department of Justice.

Authorities are also closing in on other heinous crime convicts who have not yet surrendered.

They are also urging convicts who want to surrender to present themselves in their respective police stations.

Duterte on Wednesday ordered some 2,000 heinous crime convicts released under GCTA to surrender within 15 days or face warrantless arrest.