MANILA — The Philippine National Police said Tuesday that it would seek a list of convicts who were granted early release from prison based on a 2013 law that expanded good conduct credits.
A total of 1,914 heinous crime convicts have walked free since 2014 under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, which recently came under fire following reports that it may benefit Antonio Sanchez, a former Laguna mayor found guilty in a 1990s rape and murder case that was among the most followed in the country.
A list of the freed convicts will allow police to monitor if they have stopped their illegal activities, said PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.
"I think we'll send a liaison officer [to the Bureau of Corrections] para makakuha ng listahan kung sino-sino talaga iyong mga napalabas, lalong-lalo na 'yong mga na-involve sa mga heinous crime saka sa illegal drug trade," he told radio DZMM.
"Alam naman po natin iyung mga naging activity ng mga iyan, even inside, namo-monitor iyung iba, talagang involved pa sa illegal drug trade," he added.
(I think we'll send a liaison officer to the Bureau of Corrections to get a list of who were freed, especially those involved in heinous crimes and the illegal drug trade. We know that they continued their illegal activities inside the prison, some were even monitored to be involved in the illegal drug trade.)
Police tracker teams are also "on standby" to rearrest freed convicts if the justice department nullifies their release orders, said Albayalde.
The PNP, he said, has yet to receive any instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Senate on Monday opened an inquiry into the GCTA's implementation.
DZMM, September 3, 2019