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May usapan nga! Gordon believes Sanchez availed of ‘GCTA for sale’

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Senator Richard Gordon believes the family of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez shelled out money to secure his early release through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.

In a radio interview Sunday (September 8), Gordon said all the actions of Sanchez’s family indicate that they bribed Bureau of Corrections officials to free him.

“I think so,” he said when asked if Sanchez availed himself of the so-called “GCTA for sale” modus.

“Nakita natin yung common law wife niya kayang kayang pumunta sa Muntinlupa kahit disoras ng gabi. Tapos the following day di siya nakapunta ng gabi, pero nakakapasok siya,” he said.

Sanchez’s common law wife, Elvira, testified at the Senate that she and her children tried to see then-BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon on August 20 to discuss the former Calauan, Laguna mayor’s impending release.

Faeldon, however, said he only faced Sanchez’s family on August 21.

Gordon said the statement of Sanchez’s children about Faeldon’s supposed commitment to release him was telling.

“Ang sinasabi, ‘nag-usap na tayo Director Faeldon, bakit nagbago? Meron atang nakialam.’ Meron talagang pinag-usapan,” he said.

Sanchez was sentenced to seven terms of 40-year imprisonment for the rape and killing of college student Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her companion, Allan Gomez.

His release has been shelved due to the public outrage over the abuse of the GCTA Law.

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