MANHUNT BEGINS: 82 WV freed convicts fail to beat 15-day ultimatum

first_imgPolice Brigadier General RenePamuspusan, PRO-6 director, said BJMP had transport vans and other logisticsthat ensured the safe transport of the surrendered convicts. “We are warning these 82 convicts.Surrender peacefully to our tracker teams. Do not put up a fight,” said PoliceLieutenant Joem Malong, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). Those in Panay Island were now in thecustody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology’s (BJMP) IloiloDistrict Jail in Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo while those in NegrosOccidental and Bacolod City were now in the BJMP’s Bago City prison facility. Their time served in prison would bereviewed if indeed they were qualified for early release under the GCTA. The GCTA Law has come under scrutinyafter the Department of Justice announced that convicted rapist-killer AntonioSanchez, former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, might be released from prison becauseof supposed good behavior. Nationwide, 1,914 convicts werereleased by BuCor applying the GCTA Law./PN In Camp Crame, Quezon City, PhilippineNational Police (PNP) spokesperson, Brigadier General Bernard Banac said themanhunt will be done with or without a reward, “though a reward may be helpfulto entice possible informants. Law enforcers may employ “reasonableforce if the subject of the arrest violently resists and endangers the securityof the arresting officers,” Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said. ILOILO City – Of the 144 convictsfrom Western Visayas that the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) freed in line withthe Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law, 62 managed to beat the 15-dayultimatum set by President Rodrigo Duterte. The 82 who failed to surfaceyesterday – the deadline – are now subjects of a manhunt. The list will include pertinent datato ensure that only those who ought to be returned to prison would berearrested. These convicts have a P1-millionbounty each for their arrest. The respective BJMPs will take chargeof the transfer of these surrenderers to the nearest BuCor penal colony inSablayan, Mindoro, said Pamuspusan. According to Department of Justice(DOJ) spokesperson Undersecretary Markk Perete yesterday, they would betransmitting to the Department of Interior and Local Government a cleaned-uplist of convicts “prematurely released because of the erroneous application ofthe GCTA Law.” “This should minimize incidents ofmistaken identity and save government resources related to its manhuntoperations,” said Perete. The 62 convicts who surrendered, onthe other hand, were from Aklan (12), Antique (three), Capiz (nine), IloiloCity (five), Iloilo province (16), Negros Occidental (13), Guimaras (one), andBacolod City (three).last_img