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Puro kayo laway! Estelito Mendoza tells senators Sanchez disqualified from GCTA, he should serve 270 years not 40-year max

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Former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza went to the Senate to tell senators and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials that they were all missing the point on the aborted early release of rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez through the Good Conduct and Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.

Mendoza said the senators and BuCor officials have “overlooked” the sentence handed down by Supreme Court against Sanchez – seven life terms for the Eileen Sarmenta- Allan Gomez case in 1993 and two life terms for the murder of Nelson and Rickson Peñalosa – in debating whether the ex-mayor was eligible for early release under the GCTA.

“The sentence as rendered and confirmed by the SC has not been changed. the sentence must be served. If any GCTA has to be applied, it must be deducted from that sentence and there is no maximum of 40 years,” said Mendoza.

“I think many of the discussion have been made are irrelevant and based on erroneous judgment or sentences. Once rendered, (the sentence) is not in any way subject to change, it is immutable, it must implemented executed as rendered by the court,” he added.

Based on his computation, Mendoza said Sanchez should serve 270 years and not the maximum 40 years used by the BuCor as the basis for computing the GCTA and releasing convicts such as Sanchez.

“Hindi yan nababago hindi ‘yan pwede baguhin sa GCTA Law. Kung gusto sana mabago ng abogado, humingi sana sa husgado. Hanggang ngayon, ‘yan ang hatol hg husgado,” said Mendoza.

Aside from the erroneous computation in reducing Sanchez’s GCTA, Mendoza said Sanchez’s lawyers should first ask the SC to amend its sentence handed down in 1999 in the Sarmenta-Gomez case before the mayor would be eligible for GCTA, Mendoza said the problem was Sanchez continued to insist that he was innocent in the Sarmenta-Gomez case also made him ineligible for the
GCTA.

As long as he refuses to admit his guilt and ask the court to reduce his sentence, Mendoza maintained that Sanchez should not be eligible for early release under the GCTA.

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