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Sabit si Faeldon! Document shows BuCor chief signed Antonio Sanchez’s release order

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The family of former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez was telling the truth when they claimed that there was already a release order for him from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

A document obtained by GMA News’ Jun Veneracion showed BuCor Director General Nicanor Faeldon signed the release order dated August 20 for Sanchez.

According to the release order, inmate Antonio Leyva Sanchez “was found to have served 40 years upon retroactive application of RA No. 10592 and was certified to have no other legal cause to be further detained, shall be released from confinement.”

Republic Act 10592 allowed inmates to be released early through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).

Sanchez was sentenced to seven terms of reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of up to 40 years for the rape and killing of University of the Philippines student Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of her companion, Allan Gomez, in 1993.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier quoted Faeldon as saying that he did not sign a release order for Sanchez.

“I have been informed that BuCor Chief [Nicanor] Faeldon denies having signed a release order for Sanchez,” Guevarra said.

It was Guevarra who revealed that Sanchez was eligible for release under RA 10592. However, he took back his statement amid public outrage over the controversy.

The processing of inmates’ GCTA has been suspended while the Department of Justice reviews RA 10592.

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