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Go to Sanchez: You’re better off in prison

August 22, 2019 - Thursday 11:08 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Photo of former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez: Twitter

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Thursday said convicted rapist and murderer former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez is better off in prison instead of availing himself of early release.

Mr. Sanchez, ‘wag ka nang mangarap na makalaya pa. Ipagpatuloy mo na lang pagbayaran ang mga kasalanan mo dyan sa loob, kaysa lumabas ka, baka umikli pa ang iyong buhay," Go said in an interview at the Senate.

In 1995, Sanchez was convicted for the rape and murder of Mary Eileen Sarmenta and the killing of her boyfriend Allan Gomez, both University of the Philippines Los Baños students.

Sanchez received seven counts of reclusion perpetua or 40 years imprisonment. In 2013, the periods for Good Conduct Time Allowances (GCTA) were increased by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 10592 signed by then president Benigno Aquino III.

The amendment allowed for the expanded application of GCTA and resulted in the possible consideration of earlier release for prisoners, including Sanchez.

Go, however, said there is a need to study the case of Sanchez and that there should be no guarantee he will be released.

He echoed statements made by Justice Secretary Meynardo Guevarra and Bureau of Corrections head Nicanor Faeldon that there should be a stringent evaluation of cases of inmates in the application of GCTA.

Dapat araling mabuti ang kaso niya (His case should be studied well). He did not apply for executive clemency. He is one of the names in the list of 10,000 inmates who may be benefited by RA 10592. However, this is not an automatic grant but will be subject to stringent evaluation as mentioned by SOJ (Secretary of Justice) and BuCor (head) Faeldon,” he said.

Go also expressed sympathy for the families of victims of heinous crimes and reiterated that the application for GCTA must be subjected to the most rigid and careful evaluation.

“I echo the sentiments of the families of the victims. First, show proof of good behavior and that these criminals will not be a threat to society anymore before we grant anything. I believe that’s the essence of the law,” he said.

Go had earlier said he supports the reinstatement of death penalty for certain heinous crimes.

He filed Senate Bill No. 207 entitled “An Act Reinstating the Death Penalty for Certain Heinous Crimes Involving Dangerous Drugs and Plunder” which seeks to effectively promote peace and order in the country and support the relentless campaign of the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte against illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption.