A former convict, who was freed last March under the Special Time Allowance for Loyalty (STAL) surrendered to police authorities.

Lt. Col. Joefel Siason, city police chief, identified the freed detainee as Rex Soledad Lopez, 43, who was sentenced to life imprisonment on July 14, 1994 for robbery with rape.

Siason said Lopez served his sentence for nearly 25 years at the Leyte Regional Prison before he was freed last March 26, 2019 under the STAL, which is among the time allowances that may be availed by inmates for their early release.

“He voluntarily surrendered to us. We are now waiting for the directives from our higher headquarters regarding this,” the police official said in an interview with members of the South Cotabato Philippine National Police Press Corps.

Siason said they are working on helping Lopez in going back to the Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog town “so he would know the disposition (of his case).”

He added that they are coordinating with the city government of Koronadal for the possible release of financial assistance for the transfer of Lopez to Leyte.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered last week all heinous crime convicts who were freed under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), which was already suspended, to surrender to authorities.

Two other former convicts who were released under the GCTA surrendered to police in Polomolok and Surallah towns since Sunday.

Jose Garcia Noque, 62, who hails from Barangay Magsaysay in Polomolok, was convicted of rape in May 1990 and released through the GCTA on April 5, 2017.

Ramie Solcorites Menasalvas, 30, of Sitio Bangkal, Barangay Buenavista in Surallah, was convicted of murder and served his sentenced at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm from May 21, 2014 to Oct. 27, 2017.

“We are still waiting for other former convicts who are residents of Koronadal City to also surrender,” Siason said. (PNA)