Saguisag: I still have doubts on Antonio Sanchez’s guilt

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Former senator Rene Saguisag on Wednesday disclosed that he was still entertaining doubts over the guilt of former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez in the 1993 rape and murder of University of the Philippines Los Baños students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez.

Stressing that he respects the 1999 Supreme Court ruling affirming the conviction of Sanchez, Saguisag lamented that a DNA test on samples from the rape victim could have established whether or not the former official was guilty.

“Ang concern ko dyan, talagang I have reasonable doubt. The family insists he’s innocent, he insists he’s innocent, of course every criminal claims to be innocent, but I have been corroborating views from certain Lagunenses, kaya to my mind, not the issue of the GCTA is the problem kundi but was he guilty at all,” Saguisag said.

Furthermore, Saguisag disclosed that Laguna residents who he spoke with were convinced that Sanchez was innocent.

“That’s my concern. Kung talagang may kasalanan or wala,” he added.

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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