505 freed convicts back with BuCor

September 15, 2019

THE number of heinous crime convicts who already surrendered is now 505.

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said these convicts, who were wrongfully released under the controversial good conduct time allowance law, are now under the custody of the Bureau of Corrections. 

The 505 convicts are part of the 1,914 heinous crime inmates who were granted early release under the GCTA law.

Their surrender came after President Rodrigo Duterte gave them 15 days on September 4, to turn themselves in to authorities.

The controversy over the GCTA started after it was  reported former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez was supposed to be released from prison.

This was because of a new law increasing the GCTA of prisoners (Republic Act 10592), and a recent Supreme Court decision applying this law retroactively. 

Sanchez was convicted for the 1993 rape and murder of University of the Philippines Los Baños student Eileen Sarmenta and killing of her schoolmate Allan Gomez. 

The verdict was handed down on March 11, 1995 by Judge Harriet Demetriou who said that the rape and murder case was “a plot seemingly hatched in hell.”

The SC upheld the Laguna regional trial court ruling in 1999 against Sanchez, who is currently serving his sentence of seven terms of reclusion perpetua at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.