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Bong Go tells Sanchez: Wag mangarap makalaya pa, baka umikli pa buhay mo!

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Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday said convicted rapist and murderer former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez is better off in jail.

“Mr. Sanchez, ‘wag ka nang mangarap na makalaya pa. Ipagpatuloy mo na lang pagbayaran ang mga kasalanan mo dyan sa loob, kaysa lumabas ka, baka umikli pa ang iyong buhay,” Go said.

In 1995, Sanchez was convicted for the rape and murder of Mary Eileen Sarmenta and the killing of her boyfriend Allan Gomez, both University of the Philippines Los Baños students, for which Sanchez received seven counts of reclusion perpetua(or 40 years imprisonment).

In 2013, the periods for good conduct time allowances (GCTA) were increased by virtue of the Republic Act (RA) 10592 signed by then president Benigno Aquino III.

The amendment allowed for the expanded application of GCTA and resulted in the possible consideration of earlier release for prisoners, including Sanchez.

Go said there was a need to study the case of Sanchez and that there should be no guarantee that he would be released.

He echoed statements of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Bureau of Corrections head Nicanor Faeldon that there should be a strict evaluation of cases of inmates in the application of GCTA.

“Dapat araling mabuti ang kaso niya. He did not apply for executive clemency. He is one of the names in the list of 10,000 inmates who may be benefited by RA 10592. However, this is not an automatic grant but will be subject to stringent evaluation as mentioned by SOJ (Secretary of Justice) and BuCor (head) Faeldon,” he said.

Go also sympathized with the families of victims of heinous crimes and reiterated that the application for GCTA must be subjected to the most rigid and careful evaluation.

“I echo the sentiments of the families of the victims. First, show proof of good behavior and that these criminals will not be a threat to society anymore before we grant anything. I believe that’s the essence of the law,” Go said.

He said he supports the reinstatement of the death penalty for certain heinous crimes.

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