16 men being hunted have less than a year left in sentence
MANILA, Philippines — Sixteen of the 19 men that are subjects of a manhunt operation for not heeding President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for surrender because they were prematurely released based on the Expanded Good Conduct and Time Allowance law have less than a year left unserved.
The 19 names, which have been submitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), make up the first tranche of the ongoing review of case records of inmates that were prematurely released under the GCTA.
In the list are five who are over 70 years old, the oldest of which is 73, with a remaining four months and 26 days in his sentence. His original sentence was commuted in 1999.
A 70-year-old convict has the longest unserved portion of his original 40-year sentence — with three years, one month and 29 days left to be served.
A 67-year-old man has the shortest remaining sentence time remaining of one month and 16 days, while the youngest in the, a 46-year-old inmate, has four months and 15 days remaining in his sentence.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said more names would be given to the DILG to serve as a guide for the police in its manhunt operations while the inmates’ records were under review.
Under the GCTA law, among those not entitled to ita benefits are those convicted of heinous crimes.
NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar earlier announced the creation of tracker teams to go after the men.
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