MANILA - The manhunt for heinous crime convicts released under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law is now on hold after the Department of Justice recommended a pause in police operations while authorities verify the list of freed convicts.
"Continuous ang aming monitoring pero pansamantala hold muna pagaaresto," Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar said Friday.
(We continue to monitor them but for now we temporarily hold any arrest.)
The DOJ said a total of 1,950 surrenderers have turned themselves in after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered heinous crime convicts that were freed under the GCTA law to surrender before September 19.
Data from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) however showed that only 1,914 heinous-crime convicts were released through the GCTA law since 2014.
Of the total, Eleazar said 202 have addresses listed in Metro Manila.
"Out of the 202, we have accounted for 32--25 yung nag-surrender, 2 patay na sa sakit, merong isang naka-detain sa drug case sa Malabon; at 'yung apat naaresto kaninang umaga puro rape cases," he said.
(25 have surrendered; 2 died of illnesses; one is detained on drug case in Malabon; and 4 with rape cases were arrested this morning.)
That leaves them with 170 PDLs still unaccounted for and are subject to manhunt operations by tracking teams from 26 police stations in the National Capital Region.