MANILA - Over 1,000 convicts of heinous crimes who were released early for supposed good conduct have surrendered as of Wednesday afternoon, hours before President Rodrigo Duterte's deadline.
"As of 2:27 this afternoon, 1,025 na ang nakapag-surrender," Justice spokesperson Mark Perete told radio DZMM.
The number accounts for half of some 2,000 freed heinous crime convicts that were ordered to surrender.
Perete said around 1,914 convicts were expected to surrender despite the 2,000 figure because the cases of the rest are still being verified by the justice department.
"Yung 2,000, may idinagdag kasi," Perete said.
Of the 1,025 figure, over 400 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 September 19.