5 con­victs freed un­der GCTA law sur­ren­der in WV

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

FIVE con­victs in Western Visayas who were re­leased from prison as ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Good Conduct Time Al­lowance (GCTA) have sur­ren­dered to au­thor­i­ties.

Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-6 (PRO-6) spokesper­son, Po­lice Lt. Colonel Joem Ma­long con­firmed that

the first con­vict who sur­ren­dered to po­lice is a 57-year-old man only iden­ti­fied by his alias as “Dale.” Dale was re­ported to have sur­ren­dered to the Cu­lasi Po­lice Sta­tion in An­tique last Sep­tem­ber 6.

This was then fol­lowed by alias “Paolo,” who sur­ren­dered to the Tan­galan Po­lice Sta­tion in Ak­lan; and alias “Kent” who gave him­self up to mem­bers of Din­gle po­lice.

All three con­victs are fac­ing mur­der charges, and three were also booked by lo­cal po­lice.

Aside from the three, two other con­victs iden­ti­fied as alias “Ben” and alias “Bu­loy” also yielded to mem­bers of Pavia and Le­ganes po­lice re­spec­tively.

Ma­long said the sur­ren­derees were later al­lowed to re­turn home tem­po­rar­ily, with the prom­ise that they will co­op­er­ate with po­lice.

The GCTA has been the sub­ject of con­tro­versy af­ter it was found out that for­mer Calauan Mayor An­to­nio Sanchez was sup­posed to be one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the law. His re­lease how­ever was pre­vented af­ter sev­eral crit­ics came out and op­posed his re­lease.

The con­tro­versy has also re­sulted to the res­ig­na­tion of Bucor Chief Ni­canor Fael­don.*

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