By ROGER M. BALANZA
DUTERTE: NO TO RELEASE OF RAPIST, MURDERER SANCHEZ
President Rodrigo Duterte will not allow the release of convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
According to the justice department, Sanchez is not qualified for a shortened prison term under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) due to the gravity of his offense, Panelo said on Friday.
The President “will get angry (if Sanchez is released) because the law says he’s disqualified,” Panelo said, referring to President Duterte.
Duterte has been firm in his stand on the enforcement of laws, and that includes Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA ) Law, said Panelo.
‘What the law is, will always be the law. Dura lex, sed lex,” said the presidential spokesman.
RA 10592 excludes from coverage recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapees and persons charged with heinous crimes.
Panelo made the statement following reports that Sanchez, the former Calauan, Laguna mayor who is serving seven life terms for the murder of two students of the University of the Philippines, might be released under the GCTA Law. The report has met a storm of national outrage.
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