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Biglang bawi! Guevarra: Antonio Sanchez not qualified for release

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday (August 22) hinted that former Calauan, Mayor Antonio Sanchez cannot be allowed early release from prison.

Citing provisions of Republic Act 10592, Guevarra said those who are not qualified to have their sentences reduced for good conduct are recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and persons charged with heinous crimes.

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

On the other hand, he admitted that it up to the Bureau of Corrections to determine if Sanchez qualifies to have good conduct time allowance (GCTA) under RA 10592.

“If the answer to the question is he is not eligible, there is nothing to compute,” he assured.

Recently, fears have been raised that Sanchez could be released early following the June Supreme Court ruling that the law which was passed in 2013 should be applied retroactively and not just prospectively.

Guevarra also assured that he has instructed BuCor Director General Nicanor Faeldon carefully evaluate all the inmates who could benefit from the law.

Faeldon already told Guevarra around 11,000 inmates could benefit from the law including around 200 released last July.

Sanchez has been convicted in the rape-slay of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Banos student Eileen Sarmenta and for the killing of her boyfriend Allan Gomez.

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