Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on Saturday said former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez should serve his full sentence to pay for the heinous crimes he committed.
“Sanchez committed rape and double murder. He was responsible for the death of two bright university students. Allowing him to get out early is a mockery of the law and justice system,” Año said in a statement.
“Kailangan niyang panagutan hanggang sa huling minuto ang hatol sa kanya (He must serve his sentence until the last minute). He must serve his entire sentence. Kapag pinalaya natin ‘yan nang maaga (If we allow his early release), we would have punctured a hole in our own justice system,” he pointed out.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) expressed its support to the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) position that Sanchez is not eligible to avail of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).
Año said the DoJ’s stand on the issue was clear: recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and persons charged with heinous crimes are not covered by the GCTA policy laid down under Republic Act 10592 or the “GCTA Law.”
The law provides guidelines on how to compute the GCTA of an inmate, which is deducted from his or her total sentence.
Año said Sanchez “does not stand a chance of being released anytime soon.” The former mayor was meted seven life terms for the rape and murder of Eileen Sarmenta and for the killing of her boyfriend, Allan Gomez, in 1993.
“He cannot be released on the basis of GCTA. On the contrary, ang GCTA po mismo ang nagbabawal na palayain ang mga kriminal na tulad niya (the GCTA bans the release of criminals like him),” the DILG chief said.
The DILG has supervision over the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, which controls all city, district and municipal jails across the country.
On Friday, Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde said they might monitor some 10,000 inmates, who could be released under the GCTA Law.