EIGHT prisoners in Northern Mindanao who availed of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) had initially yielded to the various sub-police stations in the region.
Lt. Col. Mardi Hortilloza, the spokesperson of the regional police command in Camp Alagar in Cagayan De Oro City, said that the eight former prisoners are now in the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
He said that some of them were already transported to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Manila while others were still in the CIDG.
According to Hortilloza, the Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) has also informed the police regional command of the updated list of GCTA prisoners.
“We are expecting more names of the GCTA prisoners who remained at large to be transmitted to the regional police command anytime,” Hortilloza said.
He said that the BUCOR is releasing the names of GCTA prisoners by batches.
He said that the freed prisoners voluntarily reported to the various sub-police stations in Northern Mindanao to beat the 15-day deadline issued by President Rodrigo Duterte.
On Sept. 4, 2019, Duterte gave a 15-day recall order to all released heinous crime prisoners under the GCTA to return to prison.
He said that the police will apply a warrant of arrest only after the 15-day deadline set by the President has lapsed.
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, of Cagayan De Oro City, warned that the police who would conduct a “warrantless” arrest against the freed prisoners could be charged in court.
Rodriguez said that the released prisoners were already released and were already considered free and no longer deprived of liberty. -0-