Duterte offers P1M for capture of freed heinous crime convicts
MANILA, Philippines — A few days before his 15-day deadline was set to expire, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would offer a P1-million bounty to anyone who could capture a heinous crime convict who was “prematurely released” through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.
“I will just set the timeline and then the P1-million prize is available to those who can capture them dead or alive — but maybe dead would be a better option,” the President told reporters in Malacañang Tuesday.
“I will pay you smiling,” he added. “Ibalik ko yang preso magkakain pa yang putanginang yan. Gagastos pa ako.”
[If you return the prisoner, that sonofabitch will have to eat. And I will have to spend for that.]
The President set Sept. 19 as the deadline for the surrender of close to 2,000 convicts of heinous crimes who were released early due to “good behavior.”
He said freed convicts should make themselves available for the recomputation of their GCTA and should turn themselves in or else they would be treated as fugitives.
According to the Department of Justice, more than 600 freed convicts of heinous crimes have already surrendered.
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