MANILA - The impending release of former Calauan town mayor Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted in the murder of students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez in 1993, has sparked public outcry, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. added his take on the issue.
"The law is wrong; the Supreme Court was wrong," Locsin said in a tweet on Thursday.
Sanchez is set to walk free under a new law increasing good conduct time allowance for inmates and a Supreme Court decision applying this law retroactively.
"He got seven sentences. True law favoring a convict has retrospective effect on his sentence. That spares him having to finish one of 7 life sentences. He has 6 to go or 200 years more," Locsin's tweet added.
Sarmenta and Gomez, both students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños were kidnapped by 6 aides of Sanchez on June 21, 1993.
Sarmenta was presented to Sanchez as a "gift," and was raped by the former mayor and his men before being shot, according to court records.
The same aides beat up Gomez and later shot him.
Sanchez was convicted on March 11, 1995 and sentenced to over 200 years in prison.
On Wednesday, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) slammed Sanchez's impending release.
The group said there should be a provision in the law, wherein families of victims should be notified of the pending release of the convicts.