BuCor says Sanchez may not be eligible for release under new GCTA rule
Robie de Guzman • August 22, 2019 • 978
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Thursday said that former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez may not qualify for early release from prison under the new good conduct and time allowance (GCTA) rule.
BuCor Director General Nicanor Faeldon said Sanchez may be disqualified from availing the provisions of the Republic Act 10592 or the law that increased the good conduct and time allowance for inmates due to several grounds.
These include the allegations of possession of illegal drugs after a prison guard found a packet of shabu and marijuana in his jail cell.
Authorities also seized an air conditioning unit and a television set from his cell, which are violations of penitentiary rules.
“As far as the Bureau is concerned, dahil nahulihan talaga sa kubol niya nuong 2006, as far as we are concerned, legal ang pagkakahuli sa kaniya… that means definitely disqualified him sa good conduct time allowance,” Faeldon said.
The BuCor chief added that Sanchez may not be able to walk free soon contrary to the earlier announcement of the Department of Justice.
“Preliminary kasi marami siyang involvement sa not good behavior baka hindi nga siya qualified. That’s really the probability, he may not really be qualified to go home today or in the next few months. Mukhang hindi siya mapapasok kaagad at abutin pa siya ng several years,” Faeldon said.
The DOJ earlier said that Sanchez may be among the 11,000 persons deprived of liberty who may be released from jail within the next two months because of a new rule.
As proof that the now 73-year old Sanchez remains behind bars, BuCor chief Faeldon allowed media to get a glimpse of the former.
Sanchez was convicted in 1995 for the rape and murder of student Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her friend, Allan Gomez. He has been in jail for 25 years for seven terms of reclusion perpetua.
The news sparked outrage from the public, including lawmakers who are now seeking probe into the reported looming release of Sanchez. Some legislators also want to amend the law providing the new GCTA rule. (RRD with details from Sherwin Culubong)
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Friday warned the public against unscrupulous individuals who are posing as bureau senior officials to extort money from their victims.
The BuCor issued the warning after receiving information about persons who have communicated with its partners or suppliers seeking solicitation for future events.
“We would like to inform the public that BuCor has not authorized any individual to conduct such activity especially using the name of the BuCor officials,” the bureau said in a statement.
“Moreover, there are no personnel allowed to solicit favors and goods on behalf of BuCor,” it added.
The agency advised the public to immediately report such transactions to BuCor contact numbers 8478-3597, 0918 600 1081 (Smart), and 0917 819 2803 (Globe). The public may also send a message via this email address.
Former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez | Courtesy: PTV
MANILA, Philippines — Ex-Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez passed away on Saturday, March 27, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag announced.
Chaclag said, Sanchez was found unresponsive in his cell at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) at around 7:00 a.m.
“He was brought to the NBP Hospital by his cell mates and was attended to by medical staff. He was declared DOA and subject for autopsy as per procedure on sudden deaths,” the BuCor spokesman said in a statement.
He added that Sanchez was last seen alive on Friday at 10:00 p.m. preparing to sleep. When his cellmates woke him up in morning, the former official was unresponsive.
“There is no sign of foul play. He had existing conditions such as chronic kidney disease, hypertension, recurring gastro enteritis, prostate problems and asthma,” Chaclag said, adding that Sanchez’ family has already been informed of his passing.
Sanchez was convicted for rape and murder of two students in the 1990s. He was sentenced in 1995 to seven terms of reclusion perpetua (or 40 years of imprisonment) over the rape and murder of Eileen Sarmenta, and the murder of her companion Allan Gomez.
In 2019, reports of his possible early release from jail through the application of good conduct time allowance (GCTA) sparked outrage among the public including several senators.
Following news of the convicted mayor’s demise, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that as of the time of his death, Sanchez was still not qualified for release.
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