Metro Manila cops launch manhunt for 176 GCTA-freed convicts

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2019 03:15 AM

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MANILA—The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Thursday it would start going after freed heinous crime convicts who failed to surrender within the 15-day ultimatum given by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Those who did not heed the deadline ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte shall be treated as fugitives, consequently warrantless arrest shall be implemented," NCRPO director Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement.

NCRPO will deploy tracker teams to pursue 176 convicts prematurely released under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

Data from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) showed there were 202 freed convicts with addresses in Metro Manila.

Some 21 convicts have surrendered to police, 3 went to BuCor while 2 others died due to natural causes.

Justice Department spokesperson Markk Perete said a total of 1,717 convicts have turned themselves in as of 11 p.m. Thursday.