SC clarifies: We didn’t order Sanchez release

The Supreme Court on Friday clarified that it did not order the release of ex-Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez when it ruled that Republic Act 10592 should be applied retroactively.

SC public information office chief Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka stressed the SC ruled only on application of RA 10592 increasing the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) of qualified prisoners.

Hosaka said the SC’s basis for the application of RA 10592 is the doctrine in criminal law that penal laws are applied retroactively.

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.

“He may actually be released na. (But) no idea how soon,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters.

According to Guevarra, Sanchez’s good conduct time allowances (GCTA) are “now being recomputed pursuant to new law and recent SC ruling.”

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.

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