PNP chief clar­i­fies war­rant needed to ar­rest freed con­victs

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PHILIP­PINE Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 4, clar­i­fied that a war­rant of ar­rest is needed to haul freed con­victs back to jail.

In a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 4, Al­bay­alde said a war­rant­less ar­rest can only be done if the good con­duct time al­lowance (GCTA) law is re­voked.

“Well first of all tech­ni­cally we can­not re-ar­rest them be­cause there is no court or­der com­ing from the com­pe­tent court and I be­lieve the grant­ing of GCTA is ir­rev­o­ca­ble but of course if the higher au­thor­i­ties will give us or­der to re-ar­rest them, we will,” he said.

“For the mean­time, prob­a­bly what we can do is to mon­i­tor them just like any other or­di­nary per­son who is on our watch­list. If they do another crime out­side of course we can al­ways ar­rest them we can al­ways con­duct case buildup against them. Re­mem­ber we all know these peo­ple were also en­gaged in the il­le­gal drug trade even in­side the prison. If they do some­thing against the law them we can

re-ar­rest them for that of­fense, not for pre­vi­ous of­fense. That’s the least we can do,” he added.

Al­bay­alde, how­ever, said they do not have the list of the re­leased pris­on­ers al­though they were co­or­di­nat­ing with the Bureau of Cor­rec­tions (Bucor) to iden­tify them for mon­i­tor­ing pur­poses.

He noted that there is no ex­ist­ing pro­to­col be­tween the PNP and the Bucor on the grant­ing of the GCTA.

“The re­lease is bind­ing be­cause it was signed by the di­rec­tor of the Bucor,” he said re­fer­ring to Bucor Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ni­canor Faeldon.

Faeldon ear­lier said around 11,000 in­mates were re­leased based on GCTA. Among those re­leased were three of the seven con­victs in the rape-slay of the Chiong sis­ters in Cebu.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the GCTA is tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended while the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment con­duct a re­view of its im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions.

The GCTA sparked out­rage fol­low­ing re­ports on the im­pend­ing re­lease of for­mer Calauan mayor An­to­nio Sanchez, who was con­victed in 1995 for the rape-slay of Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Los Baños stu­dent Eileen Sar­menta and the killing of her friend Al­lan Gomez in 1993.

The Se­nate has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the GCTA

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