More heinous crime convicts surrender after Duterte ultimatum

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2019 07:56 AM | Updated as of Sep 08 2019 07:09 PM

MANILA - (UPDATE) A total of 91 heinous crime convicts granted early release through good conduct have surrendered as of 5:17 p.m Sunday, the Bureau of Corrections said.

A bus carrying 28 surrenderers from Cagayan Valley arrived at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on Saturday night, according to BuCor officer-in-charge Melvin Buenafe.

"Sila ngayon ay binigyan ng mga tulugan at bukas, itutuloy ang pag-proceso sa kanila," he said in a text message.

(They have been given beds and tomorrow they will continue to be processed.)

The bureau said it has also put up 24-hour assistance desks for returning convicts.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued last Wednesday a 15-day ultimatum for some 2,000 heinous crime convicts released under the controversial good conduct time allowance law (GCTA) to surrender.

He said those who miss the deadline would face warrantless arrests. The Philippine National Police said it would use force in case the subject convicts resist arrest.