Saguisag casts 'reasonable doubt' on Sanchez' conviction | Inquirer News

Saguisag casts ‘reasonable doubt’ on Sanchez’ conviction

/ 11:15 AM August 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senator Rene Saguisag on Wednesday expressed doubts on culpability of former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez in the rape and murder of University of the Philippines –Los Banos student Eileen Sarmenta and the killing of her schoolmate, Allan Gomez in 1993.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Saguisag said that while he respects the 1999 decision of the Supreme Court affirming the conviction of Sanchez, a DNA test on samples from the rape victim would have clearly established whether or not the former mayor was guilty.


“Ang concern ko dyan (My concern is), talagang I have reasonable doubt. The family insists he’s innocent, he insists [he is] innocent — of course every criminal claims to be innocent — but I have been corroborating views from certain Lagunenses, kaya to my mind, not the issue of the GCTA [is the problem] kundi (but) was he guilty at all,” Saguisag said.

READ: Antonio Sanchez, more than 10k other inmates to get out of prison ‘soon’


He added that while a DNA test might be too late now, he hopes something can still be done to further prove that Sanchez did commit the gruesome crime.

“In the United States, [there are] so many stories of inmates being released later because of technological advance[ment]. But I suppose we are still [in the] third world when it comes to such sophisticated technology,” he said.

Saguisag pointed out that some Laguna residents who he spoke with echoed the claim of Sanchez’ relatives that their patriarch is innocent.

“That’s my concern. Kung talagang may kasalanan or wala (If he was indeed guilty or not),” he added.

Saguisag, however, stressed that inmates convicted of heinous crimes are not covered by Republic Act 10592 allowing the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA), which shortens an inmate’s prison term as a reward for showing good behavior. /gsg


Palace backs DOJ: Sanchez not qualified for good conduct law


Release order for Antonio Sanchez dated Aug. 20 – children

Public outrage stopped Aug. 20 Sanchez release, his family says

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Antonio Sanchez, GCTA, Rene Saguisag
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2021 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.