AUGUST 21, 2019 – Former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted of murder and rape, may soon walk free from prison along with around 11,000 inmates, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has confirmed.
Their early release is due to Republic Act 10592, which amended provisions of the Revised Penal Code and increased the number of days for good conduct time allowance (GCTA). The GCTA reduces the sentence of qualified inmates.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled the new law’s retroactive application to include inmates convicted prior to its enactment. The move is seen to result in decongestion of the country’s jail system.
“Hindi lang naman si [Sanchez]…More or less 11 thousand po ang lalabas in the next 60 days out of the 47 thousand na preso natin,” BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon told News5 on Tuesday.
Taong 2013 nang maisabatas ang pagbabago sa mga panuntunan para mapababa ang sentensya ng mga preso. Pero inalmahan ang pagiging prospective ng batas o epektibo lang mula sa petsa ng pagpasa nito at sa hinaharap. pic.twitter.com/VRm8u2mzJE
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Faeldon, however, said the agency cannot immediately release all qualified inmates due to lack of manpower.
“Supposedly dapat nakauwi na ang mga ito ngayon. Pero ‘di naman natin kaya ang ganun, so ang maipapalabas namin ay more or less 200 in a day kasi ‘yun lang ‘yung kaya naming i-process,” he said.
Sanchez was meted with seven counts of reclusion perpetua, for the rape and murder of University of the Philippines Los Baños student Eileen Sarmenta and the torture and killing of Allan Gomez in 1993.
”May queing tayo based on the dates of their confinement or detention. Kung sino ‘yung unang napreso siya ‘yung unang maire-release,” Faeldon explained.
“Once we release [Sanchez], he’s already a free man. Hindi na namin siya responsibility,” Faeldon added.
The Deparment of Justice could also not tell how soon Sanchez will be released from prison.
“Marami kasi ‘yan, we don’t know how soon ‘yung kay Mayor Sanchez mapo-process pero ginagawa na ‘yan sa ngayon,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said. (By Karen Macalalad/ AAD)
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