Nearly 1,000 convicts surrender ahead of Duterte deadline

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2019 11:31 AM

MANILA - Almost 1,000 prisoners convicted of heinous crimes who were released early for supposed good conduct surrendered as of early Wednesday, a day before President Rodrigo Duterte's deadline.

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.

--With a report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News