Antonio Sanchez innocent? Mon Tulfo claims ex-mayor’s son behind Sarmenta-Gomez killings
Former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez may be telling the truth all these years by claiming he didn’t have a hand in the rape and killing of University of the Philippines student Eileen Sarmenta, and the murder of her companion Allan Gomez in 1993.
Special Envoy to China Ramon Tulfo on Thursday (August 29) claimed that Sanchez tagged his own son, Allan Jun, as the mastermind of the Sarmenta-Gomez killings “in one of his unguarded moments” inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Tulfo said Sanchez ratted on his son to a prison official in exchange for money to support his personal nurse, whom he had gotten pregnant.
“Sanchez told the prison official, whose identity I am withholding for the moment, that Eileen Sarmenta was given to Allan Jun as a ‘gift’ by his bodyguards. Allan Jun at the time had just finished studies in London and the bodyguards wanted to kowtow to him so they would become closer to his father,” he said.
Despite being a wealthy ex-politiko, Tulfo said Sanchez was forced to ask money from the prison official because his wife “ran away with the family driver” and his money.
Sanchez hit the headlines due to the public outrage over his possible release despite being sentenced to seven terms of reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of up to 40 years.
Malacañang, however, said President Rodrigo Duterte won’t allow Sanchez to be released.
Former senator Rene Saguisag also claimed Sanchez was innocent in his August 24 column for the Manila Times.
Quoting abogados from Laguna, Saguisag said Sanchez wasn’t guilty of the Sarmenta-Sanchez killings even if he had done “countless sins and crimes.”