Kin of Sanchez's victims to attend Senate probe

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2019 10:03 AM

MANILA - The parents of slain students Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez will attend Monday's Senate inquiry over the alleged questionable application of the good conduct time allowance law, documents obtained by ABS-CBN News showed.

Maria Clara Sarmenta, her husband Roberto, and Iluminada Gomez have confirmed their attendance to the joint inquiry of the Senate committees on Justice and Human Rights, Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, and Finance.

Calauan town councilor Abe Marie Tonee Sanchez-Alcid, daughter of Antonio Sanchez who was convicted of Sarmenta's rape-slay and Gomez's torture-killing, was also invited to the inquiry.

Among other resource persons invited were Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Bureau of Corrections director general Nicanor Faeldon, who was summoned after he informed the committee that he intends to skip the hearing.

Officials who have confirmed their attendance were National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran, Corrections technical chief Supt. Maria Fe Marquez, and former Justice Undersecretary Reynante Orceo.

The inquiry would look into the release of more than 1,900 heinous-crime convicts from 2014 to 2019 and Sanchez's possibly early release as earlier announced by the BuCor, which it later retracted.

Sanchez, former mayor of Calauan town in Laguna, was convicted in 1995 for Sarmenta and Gomez's killing. Six of his henchmen were also convicted in the crime, which the judge of the case called "a plot seemingly hatched in hell."