President Duterte Stops the Early Release of Ex-mayor Sanchez

  • President Duterte blocks the possibility of early release of Ex-mayor Antonio Sanchez.
  • The announcement came from former aide, and now Senator Christopher “Bong” Go.
  • Steps are now being taken in order to amend the “Good Conduct Law.”

Manila Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has blocked the possibility of early release of former Calauan, Lagyna mayor Antonio Sanchez, a convicted rapist and murderer.

According to former aide and now Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, the President told Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Bureau of Corrections chief Faeldon that the rape-slay convict cannot be released.

via Rappler

Senator Go’s announcement was cosigned by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. In an interview with CNN’s The Source, he confirmed on the show that he also talked to the President, and on the night when the news first exploded, he immediately contacted Commissioner Faeldon to discuss about his stance on the issue.

via DZRH News

In 1995, Sanchez and his aides were convicted for the rape and murder in 1993 of the University of the Philippines – Los Baňos student Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her schoolmate, Allan Gomez. They were sentenced to seven terms of reclusion perpetua.

Sanchez and his henchmen were also convicted of the murder of father and son Nelson and Rickson Peňalosa.

There was uproar when earlier this month when the news of the early release of the mayor first broke out. Sanchez was announced as one of the 11,000 inmates who will benefit from the Good Conduct Law. 

via ABS CBN news

It has also been reported that Sanchez was caught with drugs inside his cell back in 2010.

Meanwhile, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri expressed that he would file a bill in order to amend the law that expands the application of early release for good conduct.

In a statement with Business World, Senator Zubiri expressed that convicts with heinous crimes should not be warranted with the privilege to avail the luxury the law affords.

“We intend to go back to work tomorrow armed with possible amendments to that Good Conduct Law by making it specific that convicts of heinous crimes especially those such as murder, drug trafficking, kidnap for ransom, and other highly dangerous criminals cannot avail of the program,” he expressed. He added that these convicts are “too dangerous to be released.”

Sources: Bworldonline, Inquirer, CNN Philippines

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