BUREAU of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon yesterday said that former Calauan town mayor Antonio Sanchez may not be eligible for early release from prison.
In a press briefing at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa, Faeldon pointed out that Sanchez may be disqualified from the good conduct and time allowance (GCTA) rule because of his numerous misdemeanors while incarcerated.
Among them was the discovery of P1.5 million worth of shabu hidden in a statue of the Virgin Mary that he kept in his cell.
Another raid of the Maximum Security Compound led to the seizure of a flat-screen television, air conditioner and a refrigerator from Sanchez’s cell.
Also, Sanchez might not qualify for an early release because under Section 1 of Republic Act 10592, a person charged with a heinous crime is not covered by the good conduct time allowance rule.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the BuCor will seriously consider this proviso when it starts reviewing Sanchez’s GCTA next month.
“I’m sure BuCor will not miss that point. Wala pa naman sila sa case ni Sanchez,” Guevarra said.
Sanchez was convicted on March 11, 1995 by Judge Harriet Demetriou, who said that the rape and murder of UP Los Banos students Sarmenta and Gomez were “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.