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Duterte order against freed convicts stays

THE 15-day deadline given to some 2,000 freed heinous crime convicts for them to surrender will stay as only 400 of them have so far responded to President Duterte’s order.

“The fact is that there are 400 of them coming in; it could be that the others may have not known of the deadline. But just the same, the order of the President remains,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said yesterday.

Panelo said if the heinous crime convicts, who were improperly released under the law of good conduct time allowance (GCTA), failed to meet the Sept. 19 deadline, they will be considered fugitives.

“As the President said when the deadline lapses, then they will be deemed to be fugitives from justice and they can be arrested,” he said.

Meanwhile, National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac announced that the number of convicts who surrendered have reached 435 as of Monday morning.

Banac said 253 of them have been turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) while the rest are still “undergoing process.”

Of the 435, 140 were convicted of murder, 130 of rape, 42 of robbery with homicide, 29 of homicide, 19 of illegal drugs-related crimes and 14 each for murder and frustrated murder and rape with homicide.

Banac earlier said that several convicts have already surrendered directly to the Bucor and the police is not privy of the number.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is set to deploy on Thursday 121 tracker teams nationwide to lead the hunting down of those who did not surrender.

CIDG Deputy Director, Brig. Gen. Bernabe Balba, said each tracker team, composed of five personnel, will be deployed after the 15-day deadline.

Balba said they have a copy of the list of released convicts with their addresses. (PNA)

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