19 inmates to be re-arrested

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    NINETEEN heinous crimes convicts released by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) for good behavior did not comply with President Duterte’s order for them to surrender within a 15-day period that ended on September 19.

    “It’s an initial list of 19, most of whom have just a few more months to serve in prison,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said late Monday.

    Guevarra said the names of the 19 heinous crime convicts are in a partial, cleaned-up list his office sent to the Department of Interior and Local Government late Monday.

    “I emailed my letter with the partial list of those to be re-arrested to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año as promised,” he said.

    Guevarra said the list of 19 is just the first installment.

    He said a DOJ-BuCor task force continues to review the records of inmates and will release supplementary lists for submission to the interior department and the PNP every now and then.

    Earlier, Guevarra said the task force would turn over to the DILG a cleaned-up list of these inmates by September 30 so that the police and other law enforcement agencies can begin hunting and re-arresting them.

    The re-arrest would have started on September 20 but the DOJ asked that operations be suspended because of errors in the list submitted by the BuCor.

    Among the errors spotted in the BuCor list is the inclusion of names of inmates who have been pardoned, paroled or granted clemency, as well as those acquitted in court.

    Likewise, the number of surrenderers exceeded the 1,914 names it originally submitted.

    Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said the BuCor has released 87 inmates who surrendered even if their release was not related to the controversy surrounding the implementation of the good conduct time allowance (GTCA) under Republic Act No. 10592 of the amended Revised Penal Code.

    Perete 27 more are undergoing review by the DOJ oversight committee.

    The BuCor is releasing those inmates who they said should not have surrendered in the first place because the reason for their release was unrelated to the GCTA.

    The controversy arose from reports in late August that former mayor Antonio Sanchez, who is serving seven life terms for rape and murder, were among those to be released for good conduct.