Guevarra: Heinous crime convicts not eligible in GCTA rule

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday disclosed that persons imprisoned for heinous crimes are barred by law to avail of the good conduct time allowances (GCTA) rule.

“Recidivist, habitual deliquents, escapees and persons charged of heinous crimes not covered by that law, not eligible for any expanded GCTA,” he said, quoting Section 1 of Republic Act 10592.

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

Sanchez was convicted on March 11, 1995 by Judge Harriet Demetriou, 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.

Also, Sanchez may not qualify to avail for an early release under the GCTA rule because of his past infractions while under incarceration

Sanchez is also facing a complaint for illegal drug possession while in prison.

Authorities found P1.5 million in shabu hidden in a statue of the Virgin Mary that he kept in his cell.

Another raid of the Maximum Security Compound led to the seizure of a flat-screen television, air conditioner and a refrigerator from Sanchez’s cell.

RA 10592 amends the provision in the Revised Penal Code on good conduct of convicted prisoners and increased the time allowance using the following measure:

During the first two years of imprisonment, 20 days reduction for every month of good behavior

During third to fifth year, a reduction of 23 days for each month of good behavior

From fourth to 10 year, 25 days deduction for each month of good behavior

For the 11th and succeeding years, a deduction of 35 days for each month of good behavior

Additional 15 days deduction for each month of study, teaching or mentoring time rendered.

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