Heinous crime comitted! Sanchez may not qualify for an early release under GCTA rule
Former Calauan mayor Antonion Sanchez might not qualify for an early release because under Section 1 of Republic Act 10592, a person charged with a heinous crime is excluded from availing the good conduct time allowance rule.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Bureau of Correction will seriously consider this proviso when it starts reviewing Sanchez’s GCTA next month.
“I’m sure BuCor will not miss that point. Wala pa naman sila sa case ni Sanchez,” Guevarra said.
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.