Four Negrense convicts, who were freed from jail after availing of Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), have surrendered to the police, following an order of President Rodrigo Duterte to present themselves within 15 days to the authorities.
Lt. Col. Adrian Acollador, Negros Occidental police deputy provincial director for Administration, said yesterday that Moises Tribunalo of Brgy. Maaslob, Calatrava, and Jose Elisa Jr. submitted themselves to the Calatrava and La Castellana police stations for inventory.
Tribunalo, who was convicted of homicide on Nov. 15, 2010 by the Regional Trial Court Branch 57 of San Carlos in Negros Occidental, was released on April 9 this year, while Elisa, also a frustrated homicide convict, had been discharged from the New Bilibid Prison on April 6.
Elisa was released from the New Bilibid Prison after he completed the sentence imposed upon him by the Court with GCTA, according to a memorandum dated April 5 this year, from USEC Nicanor Faeldon, Bureau of Corrections Director General. His certificate of discharge from prison was signed by SSupt. Bonifacio Lambiquit, a copy of which was obtained by the media.
Records of the Bureau of Corrections showed that 1,914 heinous-crime convicts were released through GCTA since 2014.
The implementation of Republic Act 10592, which increases the “good conduct time allowance” of prisoners, came under scrutiny after the Justice Department announced that convicted rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez might be released from prison because of supposed good behavior.
Two other convicts who are beneficiaries of GCTA, identified as Rudy Abordo of Bayawan and Ernesto Silorio Sinda of Amlan, all in Negros Oriental, also gave themselves up to the police on Sept. 7 and 9, respectively, in compliance with the order of President Duterte.
Abordo was convicted for violation of PD 1866, frustrated homicide and less physical injuries, while Sinda served his sentence at the Sablayan Prison and Penal farm in Mindoro Occidental. He was sentenced on Feb. 1, 2001 by Dumaguete RTC Branch 30 to 40 years of imprisonment for two counts of murder.
A resident of Brgy. Campanun-an, Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Abordo was also released from confinement on Aug. 23 this year, pursuant also to memorandum order dated Aug. 9 from BUCOR chief Faeldon.
Meanwhile, the Northern Negros Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (NNAHRA) issued a statement sharing the public's outrage over the release of thousands of heinous criminals through “GCTA for sale”.
One cannot help but notice that it has become the policy of the Duterte government to harbor and defend notorious plunderers and corrupt officials, drug lords and now rapists, while unleashing a brutal crackdown against lawful opposition and dissent, Duterte's critics, political rivals, ordinary citizens and the urban and rural poor, NNAHRA claimed in a statement it issued.*
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