By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Eight heinous crime convicts released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) have already surrendered to authorities in Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela) as of Wednesday.
The latest to turn himself in is 60-year-old Enrique Constantino, of Barangay Tugatog in Malabon City, who surrendered to Malabon City police officers last Monday. He served a sentence of 30 years for robbery with homicide and was released on April 1, 2019 on account of good behavior.
Two hours prior to this, Gerardo Javier, 57, a robbery with homicide convict, of Barangay Dampalit in Malabon City, also surrendered to authorities.
Seventy-one-year-old Eulalia San Roque, of Barangay 168, Deparo, Caloocan City, was accompanied by her granddaughter when she surrendered to Police Community Precinct 6 last Monday. She served a sentence for murder on August 9, 2004 and was released under the GCTA Law on February 23, 2019.
Meanwhile, Gomer Mendoza, 54, a robbery and homicide convict, of Barangay 166, Caloocan City, surrendered to the Caloocan City Police Station Investigation Unit last Sunday. Mendoza served his sentence for 27 years from July 4, 1992 until he was released under GCTA on February 8, 2019.
Earlier in the day, a rape convict identified by the police as Rolando Lorenzo Dela Cruz, 62, of Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City, surrendered to the Police Community Precinct 2. Dela Cruz was sentenced to up to 10 years imprisonment on March 23, 2016.
Joel Pascual Maliwat, 50, another rape convict, of Malinta, Valenzuela City, surrendered to the Police Community Precinct 4 Sunday morning. He was sentenced on September 2, 2014 and was released under GCTA on May 20 this year.
The night before, Elimar Belda, 54, of Barangay 10, Caloocan City, who was charged with parricide turned himself in at the Caloocan City Police Station at about 8 p.m.
Belda was jailed in January 25, 1993 and was released under GCTA on March 12, 2019.
A few minutes before this, 54-year-old Ernesto Roque, who was charged with robbery with homicide, of Barangay 93, Caloocan City, surrendered to the police. Roque served his sentence from December 13, 1994 until was freed under GCTA on January 26, 2019.
Reports from the Northern Police District (NPD) showed that two of these surrenderers were already turned over to the Bureau of Corrections while the rest remain in the custody of the NPD.
President Duterte had earlier given over 1,900 freed heinous crime convicts 15 days within which to surrender.
If they miss the deadline, they will be branded fugitives of the law, Duterte said in a speech.