2 GCTA ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Ne­gros sur­ren­der

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

TWO con­victs in the province who are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the con­tro­ver­sial Good Con­duct Time Al­lowance (GCTA) has sur­ren­dered to the po­lice.

Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (NOPPO) Deputy Di­rec­tor, Po­lice Lt. Colonel Den­nis Acol­lador con­firmed yes­ter­day the sur­ren­der of the two con­victs.

How­ever Acol­lador refused to re­veal the names of the two con­victs but iden­ti­fied one from the town of Cala­trava, while the other one from La Castel­lana.

Acol­lador said that the one from La Castel­lana has served his prison sen­tence at the New Bili­bid Prison in Muntinlupa, but was re­leased for ‘good con­duct’ on April 6, 2019.

Acol­lador added the two per­sons un­der­went proper book­ing pro­ce­dures and their con­tact num­bers were taken for proper co­or­di­na­tion with the Bureau of Correction­s.

In a re­lated devel­op­ment, the Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) yes­ter­day urged con­victs who

were re­leased un­der RA 10592 or GCTA to sur­ren­der.

BCPO spokesper­son, Po­lice Lt. Colonel Ariel Pico said they have not yet re­ceived any re­ports from the 10 po­lice sta­tions in the city of any con­victs sur­ren­der­ing.

Pico said if any con­vict sur­ren­ders to them, they will un­dergo the nor­mal pro­ce­dure of book­ing, wherein their pic­tures and fin­ger­prints will be taken. The data will then be turned over to the city’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group, which is the lead po­lice agency han­dling the sur­ren­der cases.

Once the pro­ce­dure is com­pleted, Pico said the con­victs will be al­lowed to re­turn home tem­po­rar­ily, al­though the con­victs will also be re­quired to make a prom­ise to co­op­er­ate with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties once it is time for them to be trans­ported to their re­spec­tive cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties in or­der to serve the re­main­der of their prison sen­tences.

The lo­cal po­lice com­mu­nity re­la­tions in the 10 po­lice sta­tions in the city were also given the or­der to co­or­di­nate with lo­cal barangay of­fi­cials to see if there are any for­mer con­victs who are re­sid­ing in their area.*

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