MANILA - The prison record of convicted rapist-killer Antonio Sanchez is clean, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director general Nicanor Faeldon admitted Tuesday, despite being caught smuggling "shabu" inside a Virgin Mary statue while in jail for rape and murder.
In his testimony before a Senate inquiry, Faeldon said the violations Sanchez committed while behind bars, including living in a "kubol" with a flatscreen TV, were not properly documented.
"I cannot find any records of those violations. They were not properly recorded," Faeldon told Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, who was justice secretary at the time Sanchez was being tried.
Asked if Sanchez could be considered a good prisoner based on his prison record, Faeldon said: If you only look at the records, that [is what] appears to be but there are other references."
"Either there was corruption or there was negligence because it is obvious that there was a lot of violation," Drilon said.
Faeldon said he only saw Sanchez's violations through "reports I saw on television."
"Those are the reasons why I stopped it because I looked for them and they were not there. I asked the staff of the BuCor and they cannot produce those records," he said.
He added that he cited Sanchez's violations in a discussion with BuCor officials on why the former mayor could not be granted good conduct time allowance but was told that GCTA can only be denied "during the month that they committed the offense."
"The next month, wala na po 'yun," he said.
Faeldon on Monday denied signing the release order for Sanchez but said he signed a memorandum recommending his freedom, which would then trigger the release process.
“I signed a memorandum order that is the signal to process all the papers, but that is after I continuously consulted with the lawyer, ‘Why are we signing this?’” he said.
“I stopped the process of the release of Sanchez because I believe he is not entitled.”
News of the possible release of Sanchez, who was convicted in 1995 for the rape-slay of Eileen Sarmenta and the torture-killing of companion Allan Gomez, have sparked public outcry.
Questions were raised over how Sanchez could qualify for good conduct when he was caught with P1.5 million worth of shabu hidden in a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in his cell in 2010, among other violations.