Eileen Sarmenta's mom now for life imprisonment over death penalty

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2019 03:40 PM

Clara Sarmenta, the mother of rape-slay victim Eileen Sarmenta, could not hold back tears during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the possible release of former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The mother of Eileen Sarmenta on Monday said she now prefers life imprisonment over death penalty for heinous criminals.

Maria Clara Sarmenta, in a previous news report, said she supports the revival of the capital punishment following the possible release of Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted in 1995 of raping and killing her daughter.

"At the spur of the moment I said I agreed to restoring the death penalty. But then when I thought it over, being a Christian I would rather have the life sentence because in death penalty, it's only one injection, tapos na (then it's done)," Sarmenta said during a joint hearing of the Senate justice and Blue Ribbon committees.

"In the life sentence, the prisoner would be given the chance to be reformed and also the mere fact that he suffers, he should be suffering for the crime he did."

Sanchez was sentenced to 7 reclusion perpetua terms (40 years each) for the 1993 rape-slay of Eileen and the torture-killing of her companion Allan Gomez. 

His supposed release due to a new law increasing the good conduct time allowance for inmates and a Supreme Court decision applying this law retroactively was met with public outrage.