Sep 29, 2020

1st batch of GCTA returnees might be released before end of October

ICF senior superintendent Geraldo Aro said Wednesday that he cannot give any specific date as to when some 82 listed returnees will be cleared and released.

Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) returnees confined in the building 4 of Iwahig Corrections Facility (ICF) go freely around with some of their family visiting them until 04:00 in the afternoon

The Iwahig Corrections Facility (ICF) said it is expecting the Department of Justice (DOJ) to complete its review of the cases of GCTA released detainees within the month of October.

ICF senior superintendent Geraldo Aro said Wednesday that he cannot give any specific date as to when some 82 listed returnees will be cleared and released.

“At my level, I cannot give any specific date because that is beyond my control. It is now the office of the DOJ ‘yong oversight committee, sila nag-va-validate niyan pero definitely forwarded na sa DOJ for validation. So hopefully, next week maibaba ‘yon or next nextweek para sa implementation natin,” he said.

Some of the GCTA returnees inside the Iwahig Corrections Facility.

The list was released around the second week of October after the returnees were assessed and evaluated.

Iwahig authorities earlier explained that once the DOJ cleared the returnees, there will be a certificate to be sent and a certificate of discharge will follow to be issued by Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Gerald Bantag.

The 82 individuals will compose the first batch of soon-to-be-released returnees from the ICF out of the total number of 183 remained in their temporary holding area at Building 4. The management has an original number of 185 returnees, however, it was deducted by two individuals after they had escaped earlier of October.

GCTA returnees free to roam around Building 4 of ICF.

“Twenty-four hours hindi tumitigil ang mga personnel sa central office, yon (second batch of releases) ang ini-expedite ngayon ng central office dahil hindi lang naman Iwahig, bureau-wide, we have seven penal colonies for that matter,” Aro said.

Aro said he hopes there will be no more escape incident that will follow after the release of the first batch.

He said if any of the GCTA returnees need anything, all they have to do is make a request to them.

“Kasi alam mo naman ‘yong kanilang holding area is not the same for a PDL (person deprived of liberty) sa dormitory. It’s a very simple building, hindi naman, wala naman perimeter fence ‘yan so pakiusapan lang kami,” he said.

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