Two convicts in Chiong sisters rape-slay still at large: DOJ

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 15 2019 06:05 PM

MANILA -- Two men convicted in the rape-slay of the Chiong sisters have yet to surrender to authorities after they were "prematurely released" due to the good conduct time allowance law, a Justice Department official said on Sunday.

Justice Undersecretary Markk Pererte said Joszman Aznar and James Anthony Uy have not yet turned themselves in. 

"Waiting pa po kami (We are still waiting)," Perete said.

He said Aznar and Uy have until Sept. 19 to surrender.

"Thereafter, the police will also treat them as convicts prematurely released but who will be recommitted to complete the rest of their sentence," Perete said.

Two others convicted in the case, Ariel Balansag and Alberto Caño, surrendered on Sept. 6. 

The DOJ said that as of Sept. 14, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has asked for clarification from the Bureau of Correction (BuCor) on the identities of 127 convicts, who were part of 1,914 released through the GCTA law.

He said the names given by the BuCor were too common and no further identifying details like birthdate were provided.

Other names appear to have been misspelled, or unreadable, hence the need for clarification, Perete said. 

Of the 127, the BI has checked 99 and all are still in the country. The names and birthdates of the remaining 28 have yet to be retransmitted by BuCor to BI, he said.