FIVE of about 70 felons from the Davao Region convicted of a heinous crime and who were illegally freed have surrendered, according to police.

The three convicts yielded after President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would order the capture of felons who refuse to surrender “dead or alive,” police Captain Nolan P. Tagsip said at the weekend.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has fired Nicanor E. Faeldon, head of the Bureau of Corrections, after he allowed the illegal release of about 2,000 felons convicted of heinous crimes for good conduct.

He also ordered his and other prison officials’ probe by the Ombudsman for corruption.

The Ombudsman has ordered the suspension of about 30 jail officials in connection with the botched release of ineligible prisoners. — Carmelito Q. Francisco