More than 600 convicts surrender 3 days before Duterte warning lapses

MANILA – More than 600 out of some 2,000 heinous crime convicts have been returned to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) as of Monday morning, the Department of Justice said.

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said a total of 612 convicts have turned themselves in 3 days before the lapse of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 15-day ultimatum for the surrender of prisoners released early on good conduct.

Perete added that the agency has verified with the Bureau of Immigration that 1,886 heinous crime convicts are still in the Philippines.

Only 1 foreign national freed on good conduct credits has left the country, he earlier said.

The Senate is investigating the good conduct time allowance law after the irregular release of heinous crime convicts and the now-cancelled release of rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez.

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