BACOLOD City – Two inmates freed through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law have surrendered separately to authorities in Negros Occidental.
Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Acollador, deputy director for administration of the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, said these inmates – whose names were withheld – went calmly to two police stations in the province on Monday.
According to Acollador, they have served their sentences at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.
One of them surrendered at the Calatrava municipal police station, he said.
“This person is a resident of Barangay Maaslob, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. He was sentenced on Nov. 15, 2010 by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 57 in San Carlos City for the crime of homicide, until he was released on April 9 this year,” Acollador added.
Acollador also said that another prisoner – released from confinement of the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) – also surrendered at the La Castellana municipal police station.
“He was sentenced on April 14, 2016 to suffer the penalty of frustrated murder by RTC Branch 63 in La Carlota City. He was sent to National Bilibid Prison on Oct. 18, 2016 but was released on April 6, 2019,” Acollador further said.
He added: “These convicts have submitted themselves for an inventory and we are coordinating with the Bucor for their proper disposition.”
Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) urged released convicts in this city to submit themselves voluntarily.
Those who refuse to surrender would be considered fugitives from justice after the President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline ends, said BCPO spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, and manhunt operations would be carried out.
“We have not yet received any reports from the 10 police stations in the city of any convicts surrendering,” he further said.
Pico added if any convict surrenders to them, they will undergo the normal procedure of booking, wherein their pictures and fingerprints will be taken.
The data will then be turned over to the city’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, which is the lead police agency handling the surrender cases.
Once the procedure is completed, Pico said the convicts will be allowed to return home temporarily, although the convicts will also be required to make a promise to cooperate with local authorities once it is time for them to be transported to their respective correctional facilities in order to serve the remainder of their prison sentences.
The local police community relations in the 10 police stations in the city were also given the order to coordinate with local barangay officials to see if there are any former convicts who are residing in their area./PN