Former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez is not leaving the penitentiary soon. At least not yet, as he may not be qualified under the new good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, according to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director-General, Nicanor Faeldon.
GCTA is a reward earned by an inmate for his good behavior with the corresponding number of days to be deducted from his jail term. This is indicated under Republic Act 10592 which amended some provisions in the Revised Penal Code including the GCTA.
Violations while serving his jail term
However, Sanchez may not be qualified to go home today or in the next few months due to violations committed by the former mayor while serving his jail term.
“Preliminary, kasi marami siyang involvement sa some not good behavior eh baka hindi nga siya qualified, that’s really the probability. He may not be qualified to go home today or in the next few months.”
Sanchez was charged with illegal drug possessions in 2006 and 2010, respectively. In 2011, a flat-screen TV, an air conditioner, and a refrigerator were found in his “kubol.”
“Sigurado ako I will not allow computation of good conduct to anybody who has participated in the selling of drugs or provided sanctuary or supported or provided harbor to any drug peddlers while they are here,” Faeldon said.
Going free soon?
Sanchez was sentenced to 360 years of imprisonment but under the new GCTA law, Sanchez could only serve up to 40 years because of its “threefold rule.” Under the old GCTA law, the mayor has already served 26 years.
There are about 11,000 prisoners who will be released soon due to the recomputation of GCTA, and Sanchez is one of them. Faeldon, however, promised to analyze Sanchez’s papers carefully.
Sanchez was convicted for the rape and murder of Eileen Sarmenta and murder of companion Allan Gomez on June 1993. Sarmenta, a student of University of the Philippines Los Baños, was raped by Sanchez and later on gang-raped by the mayor’s men, while Gomez was beaten before being shot to death.