Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon have called for a review of the 2013 law reducing prison terms for inmates who have shown good behavior in the wake of the possible release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez.
Sotto and Drilon separately filed on Thursday (August 22) resolutions seeking a review of Republic Act 10592.
Senate Resolution 107 filed by Sotto directs the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights, and Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws to review RA 10592 “to ensure that those prisoners who truly deserve the law’s benefits” are granted what it entails.
Meanwhile, Senate Resolution 106 filed by Drilon tasks the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights to investigate Sanchez’ eligibility for release under RA 10592.
Sotto said senators had “aging convicts” who exhibited good behavior in mind when they passed the amendment to the Revised Penal Code.
RA 10592 provides for the reduction of an inmate’s prison sentence through a new computation for Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) if they have shown good behavior or remorse behind bars.
Sotto said the review will pave the way for possible changes to RA 10592, such as the exclusion of convicts of heinous crimes from the type of inmates whose prison sentence could be reduced.
“Basta’t classified na heinous crime, hindi dapat mag qualify. Dapat reclusion perpetua ka. Tutal ayaw nyo ng death penalty, o sige reclusion perpetua ka. You die in your cell,” he said.
Sanchez, a former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, was sentenced to spend seven terms of reclusion perpetua or 40-year imprisonment over the rape and killing of Eileen armenta, a student at the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 1993.
He was also found guilty of killing Allan Gomez, Sarmenta’s companion.