By Alexandria San Juan
Eight heinous crimes convicts who were released from prison because of the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law voluntarily surrendered to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) recently.
First to surrender in Quezon City was 58-year-old Joselito Fernandez who submitted himself to the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit last September 6 after spending 25 years in Ihawig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
Fernandez was sentenced to Reclusion Perpetua for murder and frustrated murder last August 22, 1994 by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 9 in Malolos, Bulacan and was released from the penal institution on August 22, 2019.
On Tuesday, five rape convicts surrendered to separate police stations of QCPD namely Rodel Bolo, 42; Enrique Rabit, 37; Emmanuel Avillanoza, 31; Arthur Alvarez, 57; and Angelo Calma, 30.
Bolo went to the QCPD-Batasan Police Station more than a year after he was released from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City last March 2018. He was convicted for rape in October 2016 by RTC Branch 86 of Quezon City.
Rabit, who was jailed in February 2010, surrendered to Kamuning Police Station following his release last November 2017 after he served his sentence at the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro.
Meanwhile, Avillanoza submitted himself to Novaliches Police Station after he was convicted for in July 2014 and was discharged from the NBP in Muntinlupa City last April 2016.
Alvarez was also sentenced in July 2014 and was released from the custody of Bureau of Corrections, Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog, Leyte last February 2019 before he surrendered at the Anonas Police Station.
Calma was sentenced for rape last 2007 and was released from prison NBP in Muntinlupa City last April 20, 2018. He went to Galas Police Station to voluntarily surrender himself.
The latest to surrender himself to authorities was Joselito Chua, 39, who also went to Novaliches Police Station Wednesday morning.
Chua was convicted for frustrated murder in November 2016 by RTC Branch 81, Quezon City and was jailed in NBP before he was freed on Christmas Day last year.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered convicts, especially those who were involved in heinous crimes, who were freed under Republic Act 10592, the GCTA law, to surrender to the nearest police station or to the military.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) added that they will arrest the beneficiaries of the law who will not surrender to authorities within 15 days.
Based on the data from the Bureau of Corrections, more than 22,000 persons deprived of liberty including 1,914 heinous crimes convicts have been freed due to good conduct credits, since the enactment of the law in 2013.