Murder convict released under GCTA surrenders to Cebu police

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CEBU CITY – A convicted felon from Bogo City, who was one of the 1,914 convicts released due to good conduct time allowance (GCTA), is the first convict from Cebu who surrendered after the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to go back to jail.

Jesus Ranoco Negro Jr. was at his home in an upland village of Dakit in the northern city of Bogo when he saw the live telecast of Duterte ordering them to turn themselves amid the GCTA controversy.

After Negro’s surrender at the Bogo Police Station on Wednesday night, he was brought to the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) in the Regional Police Office (PRO-7) based in Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr. in Cebu City.

Negro, who was moved to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa in March 1990 after being committed to Cebu City Jail in 1988 due to eight counts of murder, claimed he had never been marked for bad behavior.

Although the NBP ordered him released on August 2018 due to good behavior, Negro, who was a soldier when he committed the crimes in Minglanilla, Cebu in 1988, considered Duterte as his commander-in-chief and saw it as his duty to obey the President’s verbal order to the released convicts to go back to jail because of the controversy surrounding the GCTA.

“Nalungkot ako at nasaktan kasi puwede pa lang bawiin… ang ganun dahil lang sa GCTA na ‘yan,” he said.

He claimed he never sought for his freedom but went out of prison due to his good behavior.

“Kami naman hindi naghahangad ng (kalayaan). Ako nga gusto ko nga gusto ko nga bitayin ako tapos na ang problema, nagkasala ako, nabitay ako, wala na, tapos na. Binigyan ako ng habang buhay (na pagkabilanggo), araw-araw na paghihirap sa kulungan. Para kang tinadtad ng pinong-pino ‘pag makita mo ang paglayo ng pamilya mo,” he said in a radio interview.

Despite Duterte’s order to go back to jail, Negro still managed to praise the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in its efforts to reforming the convicts inside the NBP through education.

“Napakalaking bagay ng BuCor na inedukar ‘yung mga bilanggo… sumasang-ayon ako dun. Suportahan din natin kasi ang mga bilanggo maski ano mang gawin natin diyan lalaya’t-lalaya din ‘yan. Kung ‘di natin bibigyan ng pagkakataon, saan tayo?)” he asked.