Antonio Sanchez claims innocence in Sarmenta-Gomez murders: Love triangle ‘yan, isinisi sa akin!
Despite spending 26 years inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez insists he had nothing to do with the killings of University of the Philippines Los Baños students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez in 1993.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News’ Ron Gagalac Friday (August 23), Sanchez claimed the Sarmenta-Gomez murders were only falsely blamed on him.
“Wala naman ako involvement d’yan. ‘Yan naman ay love triangle. Itinapon lang sa Calauan tapos ikinarga sa akin,” he said.
“Talagang ako’ywalang kasalanan. Maski lumubog na itong mundo. Mamatay na ang dapat mamatay kung ako’y may kasalanan,” he said.
Sanchez was convicted in 1995 of the Sarmenta and Gomez’s killings, as well as the female student’s rape. He was sentenced to serve seven terrms of reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of up to 40 years.
The former mayor was in the headlines again after Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he could be freed soon because of a 2013 law adjusting the Good Conduct Time Allowance for convicts and a Supreme Court decisison for its retroactive application.
Sanchez believes he should be freed because the time he spent behind bars is enough.
“Kung talagang susundin ang batas, makakalaya na po ako. 48 years na ako nakakulong. Marami na ho akong nagawang kabutihan. Sa simbahan, lahat ng tulong binibigay ko,” he said.
Malacañang, however, has said Sanchez is not eligible for release because Republic Act 100592 excludes those convicted of heinous crimes.