Duterte says to release inmates aged 70 up

John Gabriel Agcaoili, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2019 08:55 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that convicts at the New Bilibid Prison 70 years old and up would be likely released due to their age and illnesses.

"Mag-set ako, 70 years old or 75, 70. Hindi na marunong mag-holdap 'yan e. Hindi na makatakbo 'yan," Duterte told reporters in Malacañang.

(I'll set the age starting 70 or 75. Maybe 70. They do not know how to rob people anymore. Nor can they run.)

"O kung takot ka pa kay serial rapist, paputol mo na lang...bago mo pa aalisin," he added in jest.

(If you are scared of serial rapists being released, we'll have their...cut off before they are freed.)

He pointed out there's no use for inmates within that age bracket to be kept inside the national penitentiary since most of them do not want to be freed anymore.

"Alam mo ba 'yung mga nasa kulungan na for 15, 20 years, ayaw na lumabas niyan. Kasi ang buhay nila for the last 20 years, nandiyan na sa kulungan," Duterte said.

(You know those who have been in prison for 15, 20 years, they don't want to come out anymore. Because their life for the last 20 years was already in prison.)

The President made the statement amid the controversy on the early release of heinous crime convicts from the state penitentiary because of the good conduct time allowance law. 

Duterte had set a 15-day ultimatum for some 2,000 convicts to surrender, saying they were erroneously released. The deadline lapses on Sept. 19.