- A BPP official named Reynaldo Bayang has revealed the role played by Salvador Panelo in the requesting of clemency for Antonio Sanchez
- Bayang said that Panelo referred to the BPP the letter that came from Sanchez’s family
- However, Panelo explained that he just referred the letter to the BPP but did not endorse it
Reynaldo Bayang, Board of Pardons and Parole BPP Executive Director 3, said in a recent Senate hearing that Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo referred to the BPP a letter requesting executive clemency for convicted rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez.
“We request that your good office update us for record purposes and for whatever action this office may want to undertake consistent with law and the policy of the President for good governance,” Panelo wrote in his letter to Bayang last February, as quoted by GMA-7 News (authored by Llanesca T. Panti).
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In a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer (authored by Nestor Corrales), Panelo reacted to the revelation made by Bayang.
“Our office receives similar letters and we refer all them to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) for their evaluation. Our office just do the physical act of referring the letters to the BuCor in line with the policy of President Duterte to respond to all letters addressed to the Office of the President,” Panelo explained.
Salvador Panelo served as legal counsel in 1995 for Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted of raping and killing UP Los Baños student Eileen Sarmenta and her boyfriend Allan Gomez.
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