‘Cops should get more aggressive in hunting down freed convicts’

ILOILO –The Philippine National Police needs to forget traditional tactics and get more aggressive if they want to rearrest convicts of heinous crimes released on good conduct, Sen. Imee Marcos said.

Marcos is hoping that the PNP’s tracking team will be relentless in hunting some of the 1,700 convicts of heinous crimes released earlier than their prison sentence due to the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) who might have already left the country.
“It is really a repulsive thought to have these convicted criminals of heinous crimes among our families and love ones. It’s very threatening and very scary, so talagang kinakailangan mabalik yan sa kulungan,” the lady senator said.

These released convicts should be put in jail again, according to Marcos, as she cited the three men behind the rape-slay of Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong in Cebu in 1997.

On Friday, two of the three convicted rapist and murderer of the Chiong sisters surrendered to authorities weeks after they were released from prison.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Ariel Balansag and Alberto Caño turned themselves in to the Bureau of Corrections.
The third inmate, Josman Aznar, is expected to surrender next week, Guevarra said.

The Chiong sisters were kidnapped, raped, and in Marijoy’s case. Only Marijoy’s body was recovered.
“So, hopefully the tracking team of PNP will be more aggressive and be able to get more of them,” Marcos said.

Starting Sept. 19, tracker teams will be deployed in several parts of the country to go after heinous crime convicts as per order of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año. He earlier called on the convicts to voluntarily surrender at the nearest police stations in their area.

Meanwhile, Marcos said she wants to undermine  the  alleged racket in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) where convicts are released by tampering with their good behavior records in exchange for large sums of money.
Isa pang raket ‘yong special loyalty allowance, binebenta ‘yon sa loob ng Bilibid. So, kailangan malaman natin,” she added.

Marcos also said that she respects President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to oust director General Nicanor Faeldon from the Bureau of Corrections./PN


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