Special Facility for GCTA Surrenderers With Health Problems Prepared

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With two days left until the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7) have begun preparations to detain surrenderers, especially those with health conditions. As the September 19 deadline looms, CIDG-7 deputy chief Police Lieutenant Colonel Hector Amancia said they have prepared accommodations to specifically house good conduct time allowance (GCTA) convicts who are senior citizens and have medical conditions that need special attention.

As of last Saturday, September 14, over 500 convicts have already surrendered nationwide according to DOJ Undersecretary Markk Perete. In Central Visayas, around 30 GCTA surrenderers are already in the custody of the CIDG-7.

Last September 4, President Duterte announced that convicts released under good conduct time allowance (GCTA) should surrender within 15 days or they would be considered fugitives of the law. He said he would give a Php-1 million reward for the capture of any released heinous crime convict, “dead or alive.” “They are given 15 days to show up and submit for investigation to recompute the GCTA. After the deadline, the PNP will track and arrest those who will not surrender theirselves to authorities,” said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, who confirmed Duterte’s order.

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