The National Police of the Philippines said Monday it could seek assistance from the International Criminal Police Organization to arrest heinous criminal convicts released on credits of excellent behavior.
Some of the 1,914 heinous criminal convicts released as a result of excellent behavior time allowance (GCTA) since 2014 may have left the nation after President Rodrigo Duterte gave them 15 days to surrender last week, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said.
We will coordinate with Interpol to assist us monitor these prisoners if they are in their respective nations already. As of Sunday night, a total of 118 convicts surrendered to officials and the PNP arranged their return to prison, he said.
The PNP is seeking funding. The cheapest way of transport is by bus All convicts released owing to GCTA were still in the nation, the Immigration Bureau said, while a press report cited Secretary of the Interior Eduardo Año as stating that some had left.The department of justice is verifying the foundation of Año’s reported declaration, its spokesman, Markk Perete, said.
The GCTA created a Senate investigation after reports that it could lead to the discharge of Antonio Sanchez, Calauan’s former mayor, Laguna, in 1995 convicted of the rape-slay of college student Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her partner, Allan Gomez, two years previously.
Sanchez Former BuCor Director-General Nicanor Faeldon informed lawmakers that he suggested liberty for Sanchez but prevented the latter’s release “because I think he is not entitled” to GCTA advantages.President Rodrigo Duterte shot Faeldon in the GCTA execution last week as lawmakers uncovered suspected corruption. However, four Chinese drug lords and three suspects were among those released under Faeldon’s rule in the 1997 rape-slay of the Chiong sisters.
Last week, a Senate witness stated prison officials were selling GCTA credits for as much as P1.5 million, denied by Faeldon. Senators will resume their investigation into the problem on Monday.