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7 GCTA-freed convicts shipped to Leyte prison, 2 sent home

7 GCTA-freed convicts shipped to Leyte prison, 2 sent home

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7 GCTA-freed convicts shipped to Leyte prison, 2 sent home

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Seven of nine heinous-crime convicts freed through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law who surrendered to police in Bohol in the past two weeks have been turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BOC).

Their surrender was in accordance with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte for GCTA beneficiaries to present themselves to authorities after the implementation of the law, which increases the good conduct time allowance of prisoners, came under scrutiny last month.

The seven men from Cortes, Alburquerque, Anda, Cortes and Catigbian, accompanied by police officers of the Bohol Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), were shipped Wednesday to the Abuyog Penal Colony in Leyte.

Meanwhile, two others believed to be GCTA beneficiaries who surrendered to police were sent to their respective homes in President Carlos P. Garcia and Sikatuna after authorities determined that they have both completely served their sentences.

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The CIDG said that the transfer of surrenderees to the Leyte prison was carried out through the orders of Police Regional Office 7 director Brigadier Gen. Debold Sinas.

Today, the 15-day deadline set by Duterte for GCTA beneficiaries to surrender expires.  

Those who fail to present themselves to authorities within the day will be considered fugitives and will be subjected to warrantless arrests. (RT)

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