Guevarra: Faeldon denies signing Sanchez’s release paper

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday night disclosed that Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon denied signing the supposed release order of ex-Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez.

“I have been informed that BuCor chief Faeldon denies having signed a release order for Sanchez. Likewise, no report on such matter has been received by the DOJ,” Guevarra said in a statement.

Guevarra issued the statement as one of Sanchez’s children on Tuesday claimed that his father was supposed to be released August 20, and that a release order from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) was already on hand.

However, Allan Sanchez claimed that when they were about to fetch his father, prison officials informed them that his release was put on hold.

“Suddenly, nag-iba yung tema, hi-nold. So nagtataka kami, may release order na, hi-nold ang pagpapalabas ng father ko. So that’s a big question. Bakit?” said Sanchez’ son.

Reports of the former mayor’s possible early release sparked outrage among different sectors.

Sanchez hogged the headlines once again after it was reported recently that he maybe out from prison soon.

This was because of a new law increasing good conduct time allowance of prisoners (Republic Act 10592), and a recent Supreme Court decision applying this law retroactively.

Sanchez was convicted for the 1993 rape and murder of University of the Philippines Los Baños students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez.

The verdict was handed down on March 11, 1995 by Judge Harriet Demetrio who said that the rape and murder of Sarmenta and Gomez were “a plot seemingly hatched in hell.”

The SC upheld the Laguna regional trial court ruling in 1999 against Sanchez, who is currently serving his sentence of seven terms of reclusion perpetua at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

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