- Imelda Marcos asked for President Rodrigo Duterte to grant former Mayor Antonio Sanchez executive clemency
- She recommended that Sanchez should be released due to his age and failing health
- However, the petition was rejected by the Board of Pardons and Parole
In a letter dated May 29, 2017, former Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos recommended that President Rodrigo Duterte should grant executive clemency to former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez.
KAMI learned that Marcos cited Sanchez’s “advanced age and failing health” for him to be given the clemency.
“The aforesaid circumstances represent a valid attention as regards his behavior, character antecedents, mental and health condition which likewise justify a recommendation for executive clemency," it read in the letter, as reported by ABS-CBN News.
"Your utmost consideration on the case of former mayor Antonio Sanchez is highly appreciated,” it added.
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According to a report by the Inquirer (author Christia Marie Ramos), Sanchez’s plea for executive clemency was dismissed on February 27, 2019, by the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP).
In a previous report by KAMI, the Sanchez family said that they refuse to pay P12,671,900 to the families of the two victims, Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez.
In 1995, Sanchez was convicted for the killing of Sarmenta and Gomez in 1993.
Recently, reports claimed that Sanchez was subjected to an early release under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law. However, both the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Corrections said that Sanchez was not eligible for the GCTA.
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