A mass was held at the New Bilibid Prison on Wednesday for heinous crime convicts who surrendered after being released prematurely because of the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance Law.
Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Officer-In- Charge Deputy Director General for Security and Operations Asec. Melvin Buenafe also attended the mass celebrated by BuCor chaplain Fr. Dominic Lebria and Msgr. Bobby Olaguer in front of the Grotto of the Virgin Mary near the BuCor office.
After the mass, former BuCor chaplain Olaguer shared his sentiments concerning the issue on GCTA and how it has inconvenienced the inmates.
“I’ve spent 28 years in prison as chaplain, wala ba akong nagawa diyan para magbago? Wala bang naging good conduct ang bilango diyan. Idadamay mo lahat iyan,” Olaguer told reporters.
BuCor spokesperson Sonny Del Rosario said that at least 250 prematurely freed heinous crime convicts have returned to their custody.
President Rodrigo Duterte gave a 15-day period for 1,914 heinous crime convicts released because of GTCA under Republic Act 10592 to surrender to authorities. He added that convicts who will fail to do so will be treated as fugitives.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police said that 230 of these convicts have surrendered to police stations all over the Philippines. Out of the said number, only 35 have been brought back to the BuCor.