No Shoot-To-Kill Order Against Released Convicts Under GCTA, PNP Says
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE – The PNP had no shoot-to-kill order versus the released convicts under the GCTA law according to PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s ultimatum for the surrender of the released convicts is coming to an end. In lieu of this, over 1000 convicts had surrendered hours before the deadline.
Banac stated that for those who fail to surrender, there is no shoot-to-kill order against them. He then added that tracker teams will make sure the arrest would be done humanely.
Afterwards, he said that they prepared to respond if ever a convict would put up a violent resistance. He also stated that they are equipped to contain or suppress any risk involved.
On September 4, Duterte said he would give the convicts 15 days to surrender and register themselves to the BuCor. They only have until today to surrender themselves to authorities.
According to Philstar, Duterte renewed his offer for a bounty for the capture of the convicts. He also stated he would be happier if they were captured dead rather than alive.
The President also mentioned there was a prize of P1 million for each of the released convicts. He then added that he would happily pay.
Although, Banac stated that even if there is no bounty, authorities will continue the manhunt for the convicts. He also urged convicts at large to surrender before the deadline.
According to the PNP, the Special Action Force will also join in the manhunt. PNP chief Albayalde stated that the SAF would act as an augmentation force.
With this, Banac had warned the convicts that the SAF will begin their operations come Friday. Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra advised public not to take Duterte’s “dead or alive” order literally.
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