MANILA—A total of 299 heinous crime convicts who were released on account of good behavior have turned themselves in to authorities as of Thursday night, police said.
Mimaropa had the most surrendered convicts at 48, followed by Cagayan Valley at 35 and Central Visayas at 29, records from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.
Some 101 freed prisoners were convicted of murder, 95 convicted of rape, and 29 were convicted of robbery with homicide.
At least 63 convicts were turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), the agency tasked to compute the good conduct credits of prisoners.
Some 2,000 heinous crime convicts were released since 2014 through the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.
The implementation of Republic Act 10592, which increases the good conduct time allowance of prisoners, came under scrutiny after the justice department announced that rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez might be released from prison because of supposed good behavior.
President Rodrigo Duterte had given the convicts to surrender until Sept. 19 or else face warrantless arrest.—With a report from Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News