Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

Weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline for good conduct time allowance (GCTA)-released inmates to surrender had lapsed, the Iwahig Corrections Facility (ICF) said those who failed to meet the finishing date have already been placed under surveillance for eventual arrest.

Iwahig spokesperson and corrections technical officer II Levi Evangelista said in an interview with Palawan News early this week that agencies in charge, such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), have not yet recaptured any “fugitive” but manhunts have been launched.

“Hinihintay kasi ‘yong master list accurately galing sa BuCor (Bureau of Corrections), ‘yong identification — proper identification but then, initially, meron na nabigay sa PNP so sinu-surveillance na ‘yon. Wala pa ring nare-recapture so far,” he said.

He said that the list given by the BuCor to the PNP is just the initial and not yet complete.

Meanwhile, Evangelista said that the oversight committee composed of Department of Justice (DOJ) and BuCor stated that releases of GCTA returnees and those under parole and pardon can be expected before the end of October.

“Wala pa rin (update), hindi pa natatapos ng oversight committee, pero ini-expect according to superintendent (Geraldo Aro) na before the end of October baka may ma-release. According to the oversight committee hanggang katapusan magkakaroon na ‘yan ng liwanag,” he said.

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