All heinous crime convicts still in PH: DOJ

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2019 02:22 PM

MANILA -- None of around 2,000 heinous crime convicts granted early release for supposed good conduct has left the country, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Sunday, citing a preliminary report from the Bureau of Immigration.

A total of 76 heinous crime convicts granted early release through good conduct have surrendered as of early Sunday, according to the Bureau of Corrections.

DOJ spokesperson Undersecretary Markk Perete said the agency's interim oversight committee and the BuCor would meet Sunday to discuss coordinating mechanisms and conduct inspections, among others.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued last Wednesday a 15-day ultimatum for the heinous crime convicts released under the controversial good conduct time allowance law (GCTA) to surrender.

He said those who miss the deadline would face warrantless arrests. The Philippine National Police also said it would use force in case the subject convicts resist arrest.

-- With reports from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News