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Sotto warns jail officials on releasing high-profile criminals like Sanchez: Kulong, P100K fine, at DQ kayo!

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Senate President Tito Sotto said jail officials should be careful in reducing the sentence of inmates, especially convicted rapist-killer, former mayor Antonio Sanchez, under the good conduct and time allowance (GCTA) rule.

Sotto the controversy over the inclusion of Sanchez among 11,000 inmates under review for release should be an eye opener for the heads of the Bureau of Corrections and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and and wardens in provincial, city and municipal jails in implementing Republic Act 10592.

“Kapag sila eh hindi nag comply sa law or nagkaroon ng maling computation, they can be subject to 1 year imprisonment and P100,000 fine or perpetual disqualification from office. So pati doon sa nagco-compute ng mali, aba’y mananagot pa sila,” said Sotto.

Sotto expressed doubts on the fairness and accuracy of the GCTA points granted to Sanchez that would make him eligible for release. “Pag kinumpute mo lumalabas na nakapag serve na siya ng 49 years sa 40-year sentence daw nya, Although kung tutuusin 26 years because of good behavior daw,” said Sotto.

“Paanong naging good behavior that in 2006 there was a complaint filed against him for a possession of marijuana inside the NBP. In 2010, P1.5-million worth of shabu was found in the image of the Virgin Mary in his cell,” said Sotto.

Sotto also noted jail officials did not consult with the families of Eileen Sarmenta (raped and murdered) and Allan Gomez (tortured and killed) by Sanchez in 1993 and Sanchez has yet to ay indemnity owed to their families.

“Did you follow the law? Is that good behavior, di ba? So tama ba yun? So in short, he doesn’t qualify. Ganun kasimple lang ang usapan,” said Sotto.

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