The Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) has received some 85 former inmates granted by Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), a day before the 15-day deadline imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) spokesperson corrections technical officer II Levi Evangelista said that 85 surrenderees have been recorded by the management the day before the deadline date on September 18, Wednesday.

“It is quite a big figure na rin sa mga surrenderee, hindi na rin naman expected ‘yon. Meron na rin returnees’ assistance desk na itinalaga si superintendent and walang holiday ‘yan, whether Saturday or Sunday, pwede sila lumapit dyan,” he said.

PPF senior superintendent Geraldo Aro earlier said that they are expecting over 200 returnees.

Aro said that the IPPF may not completely receive the released individuals as some of them are not from Palawan and had already gone home to their respective provinces.

“Hindi namin 100 percent mari-receive, not all of them naman is taga-Palawan. Yong iba kasi ay nandon sa malalayong lugar. Ang ginawa naman namin aside from media ay nagpadala kami ng mga sulat na hopefully ay makarating,” he said.

Evangelista did not give a figure on how many letters the management has sent to the released individuals.

If the released individuals are not in Palawan, they could surrender in the regional prisons or law enforcement agencies such as Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Evangelista said that the basic needs of returnees are also catered by the management being provided.

He said that Aro is personally communicating with the returnees as part of coaching and mentoring to help their emotional stress. Medical support is also extended to ensure their health.

He said that the 85 returnees were released from IPPF and that he is hoping they will only stay for a short time.

“We hope naman na di na rin sila magtagal sa aming kustodiya after the verification of their release,” he said as as most of the returnees were already employed with jobs following their release.

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