By Jeffrey Damicog
Former Gabriela party-list Representative Liza Maza on Friday called on the public to remain vigilant against attempts to release notorious criminals.
Maza made the call amid concerns that rape-slay convict, former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez may be released early from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) due to his accumulated Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA).
“Kaya don’t lower our guards at dapat nandiyan tayo lagi nagbabantay sa mga ganitong kaganapan (Don’t lower your guards and we should always be there watching against such events),” said Maza, who was with a group of protesters at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday morning to oppose the possible release of Sanchez.
The former secretary of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) believes that Sanchez should be kept in jail far longer.
“Dapat huwag palayain ito si Sanchez at kung pwede pa pahabain ang kaniyang pagkakakulong dahil nga nahulihan rin siya ng droga (Sanchez shouldn’t be allowed to be released and instead prolong his stay considering he was even caught in possession of illegal drugs while in prison),” said Maza.
“Hindi kami makakapayag na palayain ang rapist-murderer na si Sanchez (We will not allow the freedom of this rapist-murderer Sanchez),” Maza said.
“Ito po ay isang pagsalaula sa justice system ng ating bayan (This tarnishes the justice system of our country),” she added.
Maza said government officials behind the early release of convicted criminals like Sanchez should also be held accountable for their actions.