MANILA—The mother of Eileen Sarmenta said she doubts that former Calauan town mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted of raping and killing Sarmenta in 1993, showed purportedly "good behavior" in jail that would be make him eligible for release.
A new law increasing good conduct time allowance (GCTA) and a Supreme Court decision permitting it to be applied retroactively mean that at least 11,000 inmates could be released soon, including Sanchez.
Maria Clara Sarmenta, Eileen's mother, said she questions whether Sanchez qualifies.
"Paano naman sasabihin maniniwala ako na good behavior si Sanchez? Hindi ba, kayo alam niyo sa media, maraming kontrabandong ginawa si Sanchez noong nandoon siya sa Bilibid, hindi ba? May shabu-shabu, may kung ano-ano," Sarmenta said in an interview on radio DZMM on Wednesday.
"Sasabihin nila na well-behaved si Sanchez, hindi katanggap-tanggap sa akin 'yun kasi hindi naman natin nakita na tahimik siya . . . Gumawa ba siya ng maganda sa Bilibid?"
Sarmenta earlier called on authorities to show concrete proof of Sanchez's good behavior, adding she would seek means to block Sanchez's impending release.
Former corrections chief Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said Sanchez "deserves a second chance."
"(If) it is determined by the Board of Pardon(s) and Parole that he (Sanchez) deserved that commutation, then why not?" Dela Rosa told ANC Wednesday.
Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director general Nicanor Faeldon on Tuesday confirmed that Sanchez could be among the 11,000 eligible for release in the next 2 months, after the Supreme Court decision to apply retroactively a new law increasing good conduct time allowance.
Sanchez was sentenced to life in prison in 1995.