[Statement] Karapatan assails possible release of convicted criminal Sanchez amid widespread illegal arrests of political prisoners -Karapatan

Rights group Karapatan vehemently condemns the possible release of convicted murderer and rapist Antonio Sanchez.

Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, made headlines when he and his henchmen were convicted on 1995, on seven counts of rape and murder of Eileen Sarmenta, and the killing of her boyfriend Allan Gomez in 1993. The decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1999. The former official was also suspected of smuggling and selling shabu to fellow inmates back in 2010, according to then NBP Director General Oscar Calderon. He was also reportedly found positive for drug use in the same period.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced yesterday that more than 10,000 inmates, including Sanchez, will benefit from Republic Act 10592 which increased the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to inmates. The GCTA gives additional time to be taken from an inmate’s sentence as a reward for his good behavior in jail.

“This case was considered as one of the triumphs of the Philippine judicial system at that time, yet, it seems that convicted criminals can still pull a few strings to surreptitiously orchestrate their escape, shamelessly disguised as “award” for their alleged good conduct,” noted Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary-General, as a response to the news that criminal and rapist Sanchez will be among those released in accordance with the GCTA.

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