Antonio Sanchez is not eligible for early release, DOJ and BuCor say

Antonio Sanchez is not eligible for early release, DOJ and BuCor say

- The Department of Justice and Bureau of Corrections conducted a separate press conference over the case of Antonio Sanchez

- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra mentioned that prisoners convicted with heinous crimes are ineligible for the good conduct time allowance

- Meanwhile, BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon said that Sanchez may be disqualified based on several grounds

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During a separate press conference on Thursday, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon explained that former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez is not eligible for an early release.

KAMI learned that under a 2013 law, good conduct time allowance (GCTA) is credited for an early release of convicts.

In a report by the Inquirer (authors Dexter Cabalza, Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Kimmy Baraoidan, Maricar Cinco, Mariejo S. Ramos), Justice Secretary Guevarra explained that prisoners who were convicted of heinous crimes are not eligible for good conduct.

The Justice Secretary also mentioned that he instructed BuCor chief Faeldon to conduct a “process of elimination” for prisoners who are not qualified for GCTA.

“I have given instructions to the BuCor chief that the review of GCTA for high-profile or heinous crimes be conducted with a lot of care, caution and circumspection,” Guevarra said.

“If a person is charged with heinous crime, not qualified at all,” he added.

Guevarra also noted that a sachet of “shabu” and marijuana were found in the cell of Sanchez in 2016.

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As reported by ABS-CBN News (author Michael Delizo), Faeldon said that Sanchez “may not qualify” for the GCTA. He also noted that 1.5-million worth of illegal drugs were found in his cell in 2010.

In 2015, it was found that Sanchez had a flat-screen TV and aircon in his cell.

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As previously reported by KAMI, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa claimed that some corrections officers said that Sanchez has changed. He also said in jest that Sanchez is now wearing make-up and has been cross-dressing.

Sanchez was sentenced with reclusion perpetua for 40 years in 1995. He was convicted for the murder of UP Los Baños students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez in 1993.

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