MANILA - Former Calauan town mayor Antonio Sanchez may not be eligible for early release from prison, the Bureau of Corrections said on Thursday.
In a press conference at the New Bilibid Prisons, BuCor Director General Nicanor Faeldon said Sanchez may be disqualified from the good conduct and time allowance (GCTA) rule based on several grounds.
Among them is the P1.5-million worth of illegal drugs found in his cell in 2010.
Faeldon said the discovery of Sanchez' well-provisioned cell in 2015 where a flat-screen TV and air conditioning unit were seized is a violation of prison rules.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra earlier said Sanchez might be released because of a 2013 law increasing good conduct time allowance and a Supreme Court (SC) decision applying this law retroactively.
The former mayor was sentenced in 1995 to 7 counts of reclusion perpetua (or 40 years imprisonment) over the murder of University of the Philippines Los Baños students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez. Sarmenta was also found raped. With report from Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News