2 freed convicts want to surrender to Sotto

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2019 12:29 PM

MANILA - Senate President Vicente Sotto III said two convicts who were freed through the good conduct time allowance want to surrender to him.

“Supposed to be, merong surenderee (sic), dalawang surenderee (sic), magkaiba, hindi sila magkasama, nagpasabi sa akin na gustong sumurender,” Sotto told dzMM.

(Supposed to be, there are two freed convicts who told me they wanted to surrender to me.)

The senator said the two convicts might also be presented during Thursday’s resumption of a Senate inquiry on the alleged abuses in the implementation of a law that expanded the GCTA for prisoners.

“Hindi ko alam kung bakit sa akin pa susurender, o bakit sa amin pa sa Senado su-surrender. Pwede naman siyang dumeretso doon. Baka takot o baka merong gusto munang ibunyag, aabangan na rin namin bukas ng umaga,” he said.

(I don’t know why they want to surrender themselves to the Senate when they could go straight to authorities. Maybe they are afraid or want to reveal something. Let’s wait tomorrow.)

A total of 964 out of some 2,000 freed heinous crime convicts have turned themselves in, according to Bureau of Corrections spokesperson Sonny del Rosario.

Of this figure, 432 have returned to the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa, while the rest are imprisoned in jail facilities across the country.

The implementation of Republic Act 10592, which increases the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) 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.

Duterte had given the convicts to surrender until Sept. 19 or face warrantless arrest.