Judge who sentenced Antonio Sanchez to 7 life terms fumes over release: ‘Wag nilang insultuhin ang Pinoy!
The judge who sentenced former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez to seven terms of life imprisonment is livid over the prospect of his release because of a law adjusting the credits for inmates’ good behavior.
Retired Pasig judge Harriet Demetriou called Sanchez’s supposed release under Republic Act 10592 a “mockery.”
“I will question first what is their interpretation of the law… Are people convicted of heinous crimes included or excluded? Wag nilang insultuhin ang intelligence ng Filipino public,” she told ABS-CBN in an exclusive interview.
Demetriou sentenced Sanchez in 1995 to seven terms of reclusion perpetua or jail term of up to 40 years for the rape and murder of University of the Philippines student Eileen Sarmenta, as well as the killing of her companion, Allan Gomez.
The retired judge called the crime a “plot hatched in hell” in her decision.
Amid public outrage, Malacañang and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra have clarified that Sanchez is not eligible for release under RA 10592 because he was convicted of heinous crimes.
Sanchez, however, insists he is innocent and was just framed up for the Sarmenta-Gomez killings.