All four convicts in Chiong rape-slay case now in custody

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) — Two convicts in the rape-slay of sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong released for good behavior credits have surrendered to authorities.

This means all four convicts in the crime released under the expanded good conduct policy are now in custody.

Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Melvin Ramon Buenafe confirmed the surrender Wednesday, saying James Anthony Uy and Josman Aznar surrendered at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City and are being processed

Buenafe said Uy surrenderd at 5:38 p.m. and Aznar at 6:38 p.m.

"May picture, may documentation, iisyuhan sila ng ID at vineverify sa records kung sila ba yon," he said.

[Translation: They will be photographed, there will be documentation, they will be issued an ID, and records will be verified to see if it really is them.]

On September 7, Ariel Balansag and Alberto Caño were the first two to surrender.

The four suspects were among 1,914 heinous crime convicts released through the expanded good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law implemented in 2013.

There others were convicted in the high-profile case: Francisco Juan Larrañaga, James Andrew Uy, and Rowen Adlawan.

Uy and Adlwan are still and prison, while Larrañaga, who holds dual Filipino-Spanish citizenship, was earlier extradited to Spain in an exchange of convicts arrangement.

They were sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for the kidnap, rape, and murder of the Chiong sisters in Cebu. They were initially put on death row, but capital punishment has been abolished.

Release orders dated August 16 stated Aznar, Caño, and Balansag have served 40 years in prison upon the retroactive application of Republic Act 10592, an amendment to the Revised Penal Code. The law expanded the coverage of the GCTA which shortens jail time based on good behavior.