By Jeffrey Damicog
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) is set to start the evaluation of rape-slay convict, former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez, to determine when he will be released based on good conduct, said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday (August 22).
“I have been informed by BuCor that Sanchez’s evaluation will not be until next month,” Guevarra told reporters.
The BuCor is implementing Republic Act 10592 which are amendments made for the Revised Penal Code regarding the reduction of prison terms through good conduct or Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).
Just last June, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled that the implementation of RA 10592 which was enacted in 2013 should also be retroactive and not just proactive.
Sanchez has been sentenced to reclusion perpetua of up to 40 years imprisonment for the rape and death of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños student Eileen Sarmenta as well as the killing of her companion Allan Gomez.
Apart from this, he has been convicted for the murder of Nelson Penalosa and his son Rickson.
Despite the multiple convictions, Guevarra explained that this will not affect the computation of the GCTA of Sanchez.
“The GCTA applies to the actual sentence being served, regardless of the number of cases. So for multiple murders, the total sentence to be served may not exceed 40 years. Yung ang basis (That’s the basis) for the computation of the GCTA,” he explained.