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Hinintay lang makulong: Panelo claims he’s been out of Antonio Sanchez’s life since 1995

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has distanced himself from the possible release of his former client, convicted murderer and rapist Antonio Sanchez, because of the 2013 law adjusting inmates’ good conduct time allowance (GCTA).

Panelo explained Thursday (August 22) that he had ceased to be Sanchez’s abogado following his conviction in 1995.

“Thereafter, kasi mayroon akong dating previously scheduled bakasyon sa Amerika, kami ng pamilya ko, kaya nag-withdraw na ako. Kasi there is a period of time within which to appeal, so hindi ko na mahahawakan iyon. And before that, sinabihan ko na si Mayor Sanchez noon na hindi na ako pupuwede so another lawyer took over,” he said at a regular press briefing in Malacañang.

Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, was sentenced to seven, 40-year prison sentences over the rape and killing of university student Eileen Sarmenta in 1993.

He was also found guilty of killing Sarmenta’s companion, Allan Gomez.

Panelo said Sanchez doesn’t need connections if he is found to be eligible for early released under Republic Act 10592.

“Hindi ka na kailangan lumapit o hindi na kailangan ang pamilya ay lumapit kung kani-kaninuman para masama ka doon sa potential beneficiaries kasi mayroong kondisyones doon eh. Kung pumasok ka doon, automatically, they will re-compute your sentence. Kung kasama ka doon, eh di … batas iyon eh,” he said.

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