VP: Sanchez case shows death penalty shouldn’t be reinstated

The problem lies not in the laws themselves but in their implementation, Vice President Leni Robredo stressed.

25.8.2019

The problem lies not in the laws themselves but in their implementation, Vice President Leni Robredo stressed.

MANILA, Philippines — The possible early release of convicted murderer and rapist Antonio Sanchez is a proof that the proposal to reinstate the death penalty should not be approved, Vice

President Leni Robredo said Sunday. The problem lies not in the laws themselves but in their implementation, Robredo stressed. So it’s the justice system that should be addressed. ADVERTISEMENT Robredo made this point in a discussion with broadcaster Ely Saludar, her co-anchor in “BISErbisyong LENI,” he weekly radio program aired over AM station DZXL. “What I can’t accept, Ka Ely, is that there are those saying that it’s time to approve the death penalty,” she said, speaking in Filipino. “And this [Sanchez case] is the proof that it should not be passed. Don’t pass it because only the well-to-do will benefit from it.” “The poor who have no means to get good lawyers will be at a disadvantage. What should be done is to fix our justice system,” she added. The Vice President then cited several flaws in the justice system, including the lengthy resolution of cases and instances of corruption. “I was a practicing lawyer, Ka Ely. There are judges who are really strict,” she said. These judges, she said, would penalize lawyers who keep findings ways to postpone the progress of a case. “But still, many [lawyers] manage to get around this, Ka Ely,” she added. “And I hope the practice of selling of a decision would stop. Now, there are many honest judges. There are many judges you can depend on. But the problem is really the whole system.” So where would the solution to these problems begin? From the appointments themselves, Robredo said. ADVERTISEMENT “I hope the appointments won’t be political,” she said. She noted that those who have access to the appointing power would have a better chance of being appointed than those who have no access, although deserving. Sanchez, former mayor of Calauan town in Laguna, was convicted of the rape-murder of Eileen Sarmenta and the murder of Allan Gomez — both students of the University of the Philipines Los Baños. He was also convicted of the murder of two other people. For the two cases, he was sentenced in 1999 to serve a total of 360 years in prison. Recently, reports came out that he was one of the more than 10,000 inmates who may benefit from Republic Act No. 10592, which increased the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) given to inmates. The GCTA provides additional time to be deducted from an inmate’s prison sentence as a reward for his or her good behavior. READ: Read more: Inquirer

Sanchez’s possible release highlights ‘disparity in treatment’ between rich and poor under justice system – VP LeniFor Vice President Leni Robredo, the possible release of convicted former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez from prison would highlight the “disparity in treatment” between the rich and the poor under the present criminal justice system.

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VP spokesman: Having shabu in prison is good behavior?Since when has committing a crime in prison ever been considered as good behavior? Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo, posed this question Saturday on the possibility of that Antonio Sanchez, former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, walking out of the New Bilibid Prison, where he is serving a prison term of 360 years for rape and several murders.

Robredo: Sanchez case proof that death penalty shouldn’t be revivedAt the time that former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez and his men were sentenced, murder and rape were punishable by death through electrocution or gas poisoning, if these were accompanied by certain circumstances.

CBCP hopes Sanchez case not used to justify return of death penaltyAn official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed hopes that the case of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez will not be used as an argument for the revival of death penalty. Yung pedophilia ba na gawain ng ibang mga baklang pari, at pinagtatakpan ng kanilang mga obispo — ay pwede ma categorize na HEINOUS CRIME? sotto_tito iampinglacson Kaya siguro nagsisimula na naman ng INGAY ang CBCP CatholicChurch sa usapin ng DEATH PENALTY!!! ISULONG NA!

Guevarra ignores accusation he used Sanchez case to enrage public into supporting death penalty revivalDepartment of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra has chosen to ignore allegations that he was trying to muster public support for the revival of the death penalty when he made the “premature” announcement of the possible early release of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez.



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