Cops nab ‘most wanted’; GCTA-released convicted rapist surrenders

A RANK two most wanted person was arrested while a convicted rapist freed through the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law surrendered to police in Eastern Visayas in a span of two days.

Lieutenant Colonel Ma. Bella Rentuaya, the police regional spokesperson, said that police on Saturday, September 7, nabbed Mario Hermo, 49, rank number two of most wanted person of Sta. Rita, Samar.

Hermo was arrested around 1:45 p.m. at Barangay 69, Anibong, Tacloban City by the joint elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Samar and Regional Field Unit-8 led by Major Norman Ala by virtue of a warrant of arrest dated May 27, 2016, for a crime of murder.

On September 6, a convicted rapist identified as Ireneo Busano, 56, voluntarily surrendered to the police in Villaba, Leyte after he was released from Leyte Regional Prison last March 2019 through the GCTA law.

Busano’s surrender came after President Rodrigo Duterte called on 1, 914 GCTA-freed convicted prisoners to turn themselves in to the authorities due to the controversy in the implementation of the law by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

“We would like to encourage those GCTA-freed convicted prisoners to surrender to the nearest police unit,” Rentuaya told SunStar Philippines.

The police official said they are still waiting for the official list of those convicted prisoners being released through the GCTA law in Eastern Visayas.

Meanwhile, Rentuaya said they have arrested 259 violators around the region during the 16-day simultaneous police operations from August 16 to 31, 2019.

These violators include 186 illegal fishers, 22 illegal loggers, and 51 illegal gamblers.

The operation resulted to the confiscation of assorted fishes and fishing paraphernalia amounting to P11,533,275.

“These illegal activities seem to be small thing to some, but, when not stopped, might be a big trouble in the end. This is the reason why our police are exerting more efforts in apprehending these violators,” said Brigadier General Dionardo Carlos, police regional director in Eastern Visayas.

Aside from these violators, police also arrested at least eight most wanted persons and 32 illegal drug personalities during the 16-day simultaneous police operations across the region. (SunStar Philippines)


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