MANILA - All convicts freed under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law are still in the country, a justice official said Wednesday.
Justice spokesperson Usec. Markk Perete said no one in the national prisons bureau's list of GCTA-released convicts is abroad or living in other countries.
The confirmation was based on data check conducted by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on some 2,000 freed heinous crime convicts since 2014.
A total of 964 out of the 2,000 have turned themselves in, according to BuCor spokesperson Sonny del Rosario.
The implementation of Republic Act 10592, which contains the provisions of GCTA, 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 GCTA-freed convicts to surrender until Sept. 19 or face warrantless arrest.
- With reports from Jeffrey Hernaez and Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News